KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Killeen ISD student who died earlier last week after contracting a rare form of bacterial meningitis is being remembered by family and friends across the country.
Funeral plans have been set for 8-year-old Demonte Deshannon for Saturday, April 13.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Epic Church, on South Fort Hood Street, in Killeen.
Demonte's father, Robert, says they are asking anyone who attends the funeral service to wear some form of the color royal blue in his memory.
Demonte, who was a student at Saegert Elementary, wanted to be a firefighter to help other people.
"He had the heart of a protector and proved it one day when during a fire drill at school he helped a classmate with autism out of the building. He loved to sing and dance and never left the house without looking his best," the obituary read.
Now, the community is rallying behind his family after his sudden death Wednesday.
"The family needs your support during bereavement, when you share hashtag lucky 8!" a GoFundMe page stated.
As of Monday, the GoFundMe page has raised more than $6,000, surpassing the original goal of $3,000.
Robert Deshannon is a member of Sigma Alpha Gamma Military Fraternity. His fraternity brother, Kabir Tompkins, talked to KWTX about Demonte and hearing the tragic news.
"Hard to put in true words the impact he had on people. You're talking about grown veterans, who went to war and come back, and it's like...I cried more since the 1st of April than I've cried over the last 14 years and I've had seven surgeries," Tompkins said.
He also talked about plans fraternity brothers are making to be in Killeen to help support the Deshannons.
"God had a bigger plan for him. God wants him to lead other individuals down the right path," Tompkins said.
Demonte is survived by his mother, Kimberly Douglas, father and siblings.