Larry Gilbert, coach of one of Fennville's biggest competitors, Gobles High School, said Leonard's goal was to be a Division 1 athlete.
"And he took care of his body, he worked out he knew what he had to do," said Gilbert, who couldn't believe the news. "When I coached against him I was trying to figure out to stop him but it was so exciting to see him play I'd have to keep my thoughts together to not get too wrapped up in watching him play."
Leonard's mom, Jocelyn Leonard, was the Fennville High School choir teacher. His younger brother, who is in eighth grade, plays basketball too and was looking forward to joining the Fennville Blackhawks.
"He was hoping he'd get pulled up to varsity and play with his brother during his senior year," said Gilbert. "It breaks my heart."
Teammates and friends gathered at a church at midnight to remember Leonard, who was "pretty much friends with everybody," according to Hutchins.
Leonard's girlfriend of two and a half years, Selena Beltran-Peña, wrote on Facebook: "Not a day will go by that i won't think about you & your smile. I know your watching over all of us babe..I can officially say you are my angel. Even though I knew it before. I love you forever & always. rest in peace."