SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - 14-year-old Rhameek Tuitt, who died suddenly at the Percy Hughes School in Syracuse two weeks ago, had his number retired on Saturday.
A dedicated member of his basketball and football teams, Tuitt’s number 11 was retired by his coaches and mentors.
Tuitt always said he would one day play for Syracuse University.
“Someone like Rhameek definitely needs to be remembered. He was one of those children who was not caught up in violence. He wasn't one who followed the crowd. He stood out and he was a great example to others,” said Tuitt’s cousin, Selina Boyd.
Tuitt’s mother and father plan to hang the framed jersey in his bedroom, next to the SU gear that hangs on his walls.
“We all loved him. We all miss him very much. There's an empty spot in everybody's heart,” said Tuitt’s Grandmother, Catherine Tuitt.
Tuitt’s family is also working with the Percy Hughes School to set up a mentoring program in Rhameek's name called "Do it, Tuitt."
A final cause of death has not yet been released.