Quiet, kind, funny, dedicated.
Those were the words members of the Dublin Coffman High School community used to describe sophomore Andrew Morales during a vigil March 8 in the school's performing-arts center.
Morales, who marched in the bass drumline his sophomore year, fell ill during band rehearsal March 5 and was taken to Dublin Methodist Hospital but didn't regain consciousness, according to an email Coffman band director Jeremy Bradstreet had sent to parents and students that night.
Morales' talent and work ethic were evident through his participation in Coffman's band program, Bradstreet said during the vigil.
Although he was quiet, Morales stood out not because he demanded attention but because he demanded something from himself, Bradstreet said.
"A young man who had the world in front of him is not here, and that's very, very sad," he said.
Although Morales was described as quiet, his actions spoke for him in the classroom and in band, said Mike Ulring, Coffman principal.
"You don't have to speak with your voice to say a lot," Ulring said.
Andrew's mother, Evelia Morales, said her son would be playing next to his bandmates each time they perform.
"He'll always be with you wherever you are," she said.
Thanking the community for coming to the vigil, Morales said her son had a passion for learning.
"There wasn't anything that he couldn't tackle with that mind of his," she said.
The vigil featured a performance from the Dublin Coffman drumline and candid remarks from students reflecting on their memories of Morales.
Many spoke about his humor, kindness and work ethic.
Although she didn't know Morales personally, freshman Tori Zinser, 15, said she decided to attend the vigil to show support as a member of the Coffman family.
"It's a great loss to the entire community," Zinser said.
Sophomore Hailee Longshore, 16, said she knew Morales from her classes.
Despite his quiet demeanor, Morales was fun to be around, Longshore said.
"I think we're all just going to really miss him," she said.