Greensboro, NC -- A community is mourning 14-year-old Maurice Edmonds II, after he was killed in his own home on Monday.
Edmonds was in the 8th grade at Northwest Guilford Middle School.
By all accounts, Edmonds was a true athlete, a good kid with a vibrant, contagious personality and a great friend.
"I'll miss his smile, his laugh, everything about him," said his friend, Daniel Estrada. "Meeting him, talking to him. He was a really good friend to me."
"He was one of those students that as soon as you walked in the door, you knew who he was. In fact, I had only been here as principal since August 22 and I remember the first day of school, knowing exactly who he was -- great kid, intelligent, smart, funny, athletic," said Rich Thomae, Principal at Northwest Guilford Middle School.
Friends and educators remember Edmonds on the football and baseball fields, the track and the hardwood.
"A rising star, certainly athletically and academically as well too, and socially. He was just an incredible kid," said Thomae.
"He had a lot of jokes. He was really funny, really nice and when he came to Northwest, everybody liked him," said Estrada.
"I remember telling the assistant principal for 8th grade, a couple weeks ago, that he was a kid that was going to be whatever he wanted to be, including a senator, president, athlete," said Thomae. "He was absolutely surrounded by kids, friends everywhere he went in the hallways, and the commons."
"He was a really good friend to me," said Estrada.
Northwest Guilford Middle School had a basketball game scheduled for Monday night. But after hearing Edmonds was killed, the game was cancelled.
Edmonds' basketball coach told News 2's Lauren Melvin his teammates are naturally shocked and upset.
They don't know yet how long they'll take time off, but Coach Spencer Wilson said they all need time to grieve.
Grief counselors will be on hand at the school on Tuesday for students and teachers who need to talk.
WFMY News 2