HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - For Cameron Tillman's uncle, Alvin Tillman, the support has been overwhelming.
"That's a beautiful thing, because the family really need this right now," said Tillman. "We certainly thank the public for all of their cards, all of their help, all of their prayers because we certainly need this right now."
The service for 14-year-old Cameron Tillman was emotional and deeply spiritual. Hundreds of friends, classmates, and coaches came to celebrate his life.
"That's my brother," said Sedrick Williams, a friend. "We were always together at school, whenever we leave class we were together, we ate breakfast together."
They remembered his goals at school and love of sports.
"He played for our football team," said Tillman's football coach, Russell Parker. "This is something I needed to do, something I wanted to do."
"It's tough," said Tillman's childhood friend, Davaron Brown. "I didn't expect to see him like this. He didn't even finish high school."
Tillman was shot and killed Tuesday by a Terrebonne Parish Deputy, after two deputies were called out to reports of armed burglars in an abandoned home. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter says Tillman came to the door armed with a B.B. gun - one Larpenter says looked like a 45-caliber weapon.
Many at Saturday's service still have questions, but they say today isn't about getting answers.
"Today is really just about putting Cam at rest," said Parker. "Make sure he's at peace, as long as his mother is at peace today, then we can look forward to what's going to happen at the future days."
And Tillman's uncle says that comes one day at a time.
"Closure is yet to come, but today is certainly helped in that process," said Tillman.