These young boys may not have been invited to the service, but they still showed their respect.
It's not every day that a group of youngsters playing a pickup basketball game garner media attention. But the crew on the court in Franklinton, Louisiana, certainly deserves our consideration.
Last Friday, players were dribbling their way through a regular game when a funeral procession passed by Franklinton Junior High School, near their court. When the students caught sight of the procession, they dropped to their knees out of respect for the deceased and mourners. "While attending a family funeral the procession passed a group of young boys shooting hoops. Take a look closely. They took a knee not out of disrespect but honor," wrote Lynn Bickham Bienvenu in a Facebook post that has since been shared 3,553 times and counting. "They was not an adult [in sight] to tell them to stop playing. This meant a great deal to our family. May God bless each one as I feel they will achieve greatness."
Bienvenu also shared with WAFB TV that at least one of the boys from the photo has personally reached out with condolences via Facebook, and he also shared the name of his fellow players: Shimar Davis, Shimon Davis, Edward James, Brandon Burton, Quindon Burris, Stacy Ard, James Bickham, Avant Money, Malachi Martin, and Kalarrian Dillon. Based on Facebook comments, this isn't the first time these boys have showed their respect for passing processions. "According to local citizens, coaches and teachers at nearby Franklinton Junior High have made a point to instill in the students the importance of showing respect when a funeral procession passes," WAFB reports.
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Heartfelt Facebook comments ranged from "They did this for both my parents and it meant so much to see young people showing such respect!" to "30 yrs ago, I played on that very play ground. My friends and fellow b-ballers, always stopped playing to honor those who had passed on and show our sympathy for the family. It makes me proud that simple act of respect hasn’t left that court. Proud of our youth!!!" We're sure this act of kindness is also making many Franklinton residences proud to call the small town home.