Mourners remember slain Fort Worth honor student

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by JIM DOUGLAS / WFAA

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Posted on April 19, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 19 at 11:21 PM

FORT WORTH - Bach's Prelude for Solo Cello echoed through a church sanctuary Monday morning in southwest Fort Worth.  

Seventeen-year-old Eric Forrester played it in the days before his murder. It was his favorite, loved one said.

A cellist played the song Monday as mourners poured beyond the pews, filling a gym and an overflow room.

Sean Forrester spoke through tears of a brother so sensitive he would catch and release insects rather than swat them. 

The uncommonly gentle teen was shot in the head when he and his sister Kali surprised intruders in their home. His sister credited her escape to her brother's sacrifice. 

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends," she said, quoting the Gospel of John.

Forrester's uncle, Hugh Redd, said the teen did just that.

"Eric and his family were committed to organ donation," he said. "Eric's life has blessed many people already and we expect it will bless many, many people in the days to come."

Speakers talked of the teen's commitment to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Redd said faith now sustains the family.  

"They're doing amazingly well in large measure because of the kindness of others," he said.

Forrester's swim coach at Southwest High School reminded the weeping crowd that the the honor student was also swimmer of the year and an inspiration to his teammates.

Light green scouting uniforms dotted the black suits and dresses of mourners. Forrester was planning his project to reach Eagle Scout before his 18th birthday.

"That is the hope of the family, that Eric's life was exemplary and that if anything can happen, peace will come to people's hearts and they will try to be better people to serve their neighbor and to love their neighbor," Redd said.
 
Forrester's family has established a scholarship fund in his memory at Wells Fargo.  

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