CREATED Mar. 27, 2013
PALM DESERT- It was an emotional goodbye Wednesday morning to a very special Coachella Valley teen. The funeral at Sacred Heart Church for Greg Friscia brought out 1,600 mourners-- a testament to how many lives the 17-year-old Xavier College Prep senior touched.
"He's like our family, so it's really hard to lose him, but it's really powerful to see how many people showed up," said Ryan Garcia, a senior at Xavier Prep and a friend.
Friscia is remembered as a loving young man with a bright future. He died after spending one week in a coma following a skateboarding accident. Many of the teenagers who spent the last week at Friscia's hospital bedside spoke at his funeral.
"He's the only person I know to have over a 4.2 GPA, score over a 2,000 on the SAT, and somehow also managed to get all the girls to fall in love with him," said one of the friends delivering the Eulogy.
Friscia was an Eagle Scout, Water Polo Player and involved in student government. Still, his loved ones remember a humble young man with a unforgettable smile.
"He brought this kind of feeling when he showed up into a room, he was always happy and made everything happier," said Garcia.
Xavier College Prep was canceled today so students could attend the funeral-- classes will resume Thursday.
-Jessica Flores, KMIR6 News.