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Family of Ouachita HS Football Player Killed in Crash Speaks Out, Funeral Set

Dillon's mother sat down with KTVE on Sunday to express how her family is holding up with the loss of her son.
17-year-old Dillon Neal (Courtesy: Neal Family)
17-year-old Dillon Neal (Courtesy: Neal Family)
17-year-old Dillon Neal (Courtesy: Neal Family)
17-year-old Dillon Neal (Courtesy: Neal Family)
17-year-old Dillon Neal (Courtesy: Neal Family)
17-year-old Dillon Neal (Courtesy: Neal Family)
17-year-old Dillon Neal (Courtesy: Neal Family)
17-year-old Dillon Neal (Courtesy: Neal Family)
MONROE -- Seventeen-year-old Dillon Neal, a Junior Defensive End at Ouachita Parish High School, was killed when his car was hit head-on off of Milhaven Road Saturday night.

The crash also killed the other driver, 63-year-old Howard Coleman of Monroe.

State Police are still investigating the crash.

Dillon was #55 on the Lions' football team.

His friends and loved ones have taken to social media to share their condolences for Dillon, even starting a Twitter hashtag called "#FlyHigh55."

Dillon's mother sat down with KTVE on Sunday and said Dillon was very humble and down to earth and had a big appetite for life.

"God decided to take him home because he was his first. I can say I can accept that, but it's hard because that was my first and my only," said his mother, Raven Neal.

Regarding the breakout of support that Dillon has received on Twitter and other social media from people and schools around other cities, Dillon's mother said this support has kept her and her family going in this time of loss.

"Just to read everything and see the pictures and everything, it just lets me know that I am truly blessed to know my child was loved," she said.

Her message to Dillon's friends and supporters is not to cry for him, but rather celebrate his life and to join with her and his family this week as they say their final goodbyes.

"I said we're going to celebrate. We're going to give him his last pep rally and we're just going to go out with a bang," she said.

Dillon's funeral has been set for this Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Ouachita Parish High School.

Troopers say Dillon's passenger, 16-year old Malik Johnson, is in serious but stable condition at a hospital in Shreveport.


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