Mourning Monroe

After the death of a beloved football coach, Hickman High School mourns.
 Family friend Eric Turner bows his head in mourning after giving a brief eulogy at the memorial service for Hickman High School football coach Arnel Monroe at Alumni Stadium on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Relatives, friends and former players all recounted fond memories of Monroe.

Family friend Eric Turner bows his head in mourning after giving a brief eulogy at the memorial service for Hickman High School football coach Arnel Monroe at Alumni Stadium on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Relatives, friends and former players all recounted fond memories of Monroe.

Members of the Hickman High School football team look towards the podium during the memorial service for their late coach Arnel Monroe at Alumni Stadium. "I was raised in foster care. Coach let me know that this was my family and that I was going to make it," said Damarion Avery, a Hickman senior football player.

 Hickman principal Eric Johnson, center, watches as the school's football players address the audience during the memorial service for Arnel Monroe at Alumni Stadium. Despite microphone issues, dozens of players, family members and friends addressed the crowd eulogizing Monroe.

Hickman principal Eric Johnson, center, watches as the school's football players address the audience during the memorial service for Arnel Monroe at Alumni Stadium. Despite microphone issues, dozens of players, family members and friends addressed the crowd eulogizing Monroe.

 Members of the Rock Bridge High School football team stand to pay respect to the late Hickman High School football coach Arnel Monroe. Despite a rivalry between the two schools, Rock Bridge's football players were in attendance along with current and former Hickman players to support Monroe's family and friends.

Members of the Rock Bridge High School football team stand to pay respect to the late Hickman High School football coach Arnel Monroe. Despite a rivalry between the two schools, Rock Bridge's football players were in attendance along with current and former Hickman players to support Monroe's family and friends.

Friends and family of the late Hickman High School football coach Arnel Monroe enter his memorial service at Alumni Stadium on Hickman's campus on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Before coaching, Monroe worked as a special education teacher at the school since 1993.