Hundreds gathered on Wednesday to remember 18-year-old Omar "Dirty" Duarte who was involved in a fatal shooting last week.
Many shared memories about the former Central Bobcat safety including defensive coordinator Mark Chester who was reminded of Duarte before today's funeral service. "This morning I went to pick up my dry cleaning, and there was a little note that I had extra items left in there from the last time I wore it which was a long time ago," said Chester. "When I opened the bag it was a picture of me and Omar and it was his football stats."
Angelo State linebacker and former Central teammate of Duarte, Donavyn Jackson also shared a few words about the recent Central grad. "Ya'll might not be playing football but whatever you do keep "Dirty" right there on your shoulder. Just think about him and your next move - make it your best move."
Many went on about the 18-year-old's infectious smile who always had a knack for lighting up a room. Along with being a great friend and teammate, Duarte stayed true to his faith. Omar regularly attended San Angelo Young Life Youth Ministry.
San Angelo House of Faith youth minister and neighbor to Omar, Mike Schmitz added that friends and family can learn from Omar's tragic death. "This life is not a forked path, but a single road," said Schmitz. "The road to evil is exactly the opposite to you God, the righteous life before you. I pray that because of Omar's death many will come to eternal life."