By Sara Belsole. CREATED Aug 31, 2013
LABELLE, Fla. - More than one thousand packed into the LaBelle Middle School gym Saturday to say their final goodbyes to Zachary Reyna.
The 12-year-old lost his fight with a brain eating parasite August 24.
"There's a lot of people in there and it's real sad," Zac's cousin, Israel de Leon, said.
Zac's baseball coaches spoke at the funeral, remembering Zac's "relentless pursuit of having fun" and calling him a "magnet" that all the other players wanted to be around.
Zac's uncle, Danny Reyna, thanked the community for their support and told the audience never to take their family together.
While Zac was in the hospital, the message "pray4number4" took the community by storm. At the funeral, many wore red t-shirts with a new message: "#4changedtheworld."
"It's touched a lot of people and it's gone all over and there's a lot of people here I don't even know who came to see him," Zac's cousin, David Reyna, said.
Many of those people followed Zac's journey on his Facebook page, that now has almost 20,000 followers.
"It helps people feel a little better, a little lighter knowing people are praying for him besides us," de Leon said.
And it doesn't end here. Zac's family said his story borough families together and helped raise awareness about the rare brain-eating parasite.
"He will never be forgotten, ever. People all around here will know about Zac and the whole story," de Leon said.