WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Former Midwestern State University players are raising money for a locker memorial in honor of Robert Grays.
The MSU football player passed away after suffering a severe neck injury during last week's football game. He was laid to rest on Saturday.
Robert Grays was that kid that would always brighten up the room when he walked in. Those were the words of former Hightower coach, Lance Matt, who coached Grays for three years.
Matt said up to this moment he still cannot believe Grays is gone.
"Still devastated. I don't know what else to tell you," Matt said. "I always tell people he was a world changer. He was going to change the world."
After former MSU football players, like Billy Hughes heard the news they decided to raise money for a locker memorial.
Hughes said this is part of the healing process. Not only for the guys who are playing now but for those who will wear an MSU jersey in the future. He said this shows them what it means to be a part of the team and a brotherhood.
"It doesn't matter whether you are a Mustang or an Indian we're all together," said Hughes. "We want to be there and show that we are 24 strong as well."
The cost of the locker is $1,000 and those who are raising the funds hope they can make it happen by homecoming game on October 21st.
Those who want to help can do so by donating to the annual fund. Hughes said if donating by check write "to Robert Grays locker" and that will go to the locker memorial fund.
In honor of Grays MSU also established the Robert Tyree Grays memorial scholarship.