FORT WORTH — Members of the Paschal High School band in Fort Worth know it's going to be a tough week at school and at band hall after losing one of their own.
Rick Sek, 15, a sophomore who played the French horn, died on Friday. He drowned at the Lockheed Martin Recreation Association at a parent-supervised band party. The medical examiner ruled it an accident.
"It's going to be terrible," said band member Sarah Silverberg. "He loved giving hugs."
Rick marched next to Oakleigh Beard, who also plays the French horn.
"This year, I was next to him," Oakleigh said. "For him not going to be there, it's going to be hard."
The band plans to honor Rick at its first football game of the season Friday with a special tribute. A photographer in a plane will take a picture of the band as it performs.
"We've been intending to spell 'P-H-S,' and Rick had a specific spot in that," Oakleigh said. "There's going to be a gaping hole, and it's going to be forever like that."
Friends said Rick was quiet, but loving. He relished every compliment and worked hard to be a part of this talented family.
Band members are collecting donations for his family through an emergency fund called "We Play for Rick." They vow to remember him at every performance this year.
"I guarantee it will be for at least a year," Oakleigh said. "Who do we play for? Rick Sek. That's who we play for now."