BRANDON (FOX 13) - Hearts were heavy Monday at Durant High School in Plant City following the death of an 18-year-old student and star athlete who was shot to death over the weekend.
Hillsborough County deputies said Grover Wills went to a Mobile gas station in Brandon for a drug-related meet-up. Investigators believe a fight broke out between Grover and another person, and Grover was shot and killed.
Grover's loved ones didn't know where he went Sunday night, but they say the description of the teenager involved in this incident is not the Grover they knew and they can't believe he's gone.
"I haven't processed it yet. I keep thinking he's going to walk through the door," said Ty Kerney, Grover's mother. "He was a good kid. He was very ambitious."
"He was a leader. I always wanted to be like him ever since I was little," said Grover's younger brother, Ray Kerney. "He's like my best friend. He told me everything. I told him everything. I'd be with him every day."
Ty Kerney said when Grover wasn't playing football, he was walking around her house singing. He hoped to go to college to be a professional athlete or musician. She said it's hard to imagine she will never hear his voice again.
"It's been horrible," she offered. "No sleep, no eating, just looking at his pictures, watching videos with him singing and watching his football clips. Just trying to live on through his memories. That's all I can do."
Detectives believe they know who pulled the trigger and were interviewing that person but, as of Monday evening, had not made an arrest.
Students are planning a candlelight vigil for Grover. It's scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Durant High School football field.
With heavy Hearts, Last night, we lost not only a teammate but a brother. Rest In Peace Grover Wills! Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. #5 #Cougars..Forever pic.twitter.com/UaqHUcTNcJ— Durant Football (@DOORANTFOOTBALL) April 16, 2018