Geraldine High School Seniors on Friday held a balloon release in memory of deceased classmate, Koy Spears. Spears was reported missing more than two weeks ago, and the 18-year-old’s body was recently discovered by fishermen at South Sauty Creek.
A forensics team was called to the scene to assist with identification.
The Department of Forensic Sciences Huntsville Laboratory confirmed the identification of the body discovered in South Sauty Creek as that of Koy Spears, 18, of Geraldine.
Friday, Geraldine seniors, along with parents, teachers and administrators, gathered on the front lawn of the school to pay their respects to their classmate. Geraldine Vice Principal Chrystal Henderson said Spears was a friend to all.
“Koy was the type of kid that fit in with everyone,” Henderson said. “He was very friendly and didn’t care anything about someone’s class, race, or social status. He was so loved by this senior class and had been with them for 12 years.”
Henderson said classmates met on the front steps of the school the Monday following the accident and rallied to support the Spears family.
“Since day one of the tragedy, the seniors have been so willing to help with anything they could,” she said. “They are doers and have been so supportive of Koy’s family. The seniors held a prayer meeting on the front steps, and it gave them the opportunity to talk.
“It was a very sweet time and just a reflection of him. We all enjoyed Koy. The balloon release was all their idea and they wanted to do it in their graduation gowns and pay tribute to his family. They also made a scrapbook for Koy’s parents.”
Henderson said the outpouring of support the senior class demonstrated after the tragedy was “truly amazing.”
“The Class of 2019 is truly amazing,” she said. “Myself and my faculty have been blown away by their acts of kindness and willingness to do what they can to support Koy’s family during this time.”
Before the balloon release on Friday, fellow classmate Larkin Rogers said Koy left a lasting impression on all of his classmates.
“Koy meant a lot to all of us,” Rogers said. “He had a way of connecting with everyone no matter what your social status was. He was very well read and educated. Releasing balloons today is our way of him being here and us remembering and including him.”
–Times-Journal Business Manager Erinn Helton contributed to this article