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High School Says Goodbye to a Friend

by Legacy Staff

Ryan Fischer was many things in his short life, and in the wake of his death, the community came together to honor and remember him.

Ryan Fischer was many things in his short life.

The 17-year-old was a high school kid with a 4.0 average, a future student at West Point, and captain of his school’s ice hockey team. On March 7, 2014, just hours before a game, Fischer died in his sleep from an enlarged heart.

His death was a shock to his family and the entire town of Grandville, Michigan. But the community has been finding ways to honor Ryan and cope with his death.

At a recent game, friends, classmates, teachers, and school administrators came together to honor his life, sharing a moment of silence and memories with each other.

His funeral was attended by hundreds, many of whom wore hockey jerseys in his honor.

One year later: How friends and family were remembering Ryan

Read more: Competing hockey teams come together to raise money in memory of Ryan

Originally published March 2014

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