Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks l Videographer: Jemon Haskins
Campbell Co., VA - A junior at Brookville High School died Saturday after going to the hospital with a headache. The cause of death for Larbie Mensah, 17, has not been released.
Larbie's best friends all seem to echo the same sentiments: Mensah was a young man with such a bright future.
"The hardest part is just knowing that we're never going to see him again," friend David Butler said.
Butler says Mensah was one of his best friends.
"I wish I could have told him how much I looked up to him and how much of a role model he was for me," said Butler.
Friends reminisced over the good times, saying Mensah was young man who could light up a room.
"I don't think I can remember a time when Larbie was in a bad mood," said Tim Butler, who was a neighbor and good friend.
"He was just always so vibrant and happy," friend Julia Hartlage said.
"He was one of the best people ever. He was so smart. He just always knew what to say," friend Jennifer Hedges said.
Tim Butler spent some time with Mensah the day before he died. He says they were watching TV and fell asleep.
"Woke up and he was like, 'I need to get home and do some papers,'" Tim Butler said.
That was the last time any of his friends saw him. They say Mensah complained of a headache. We are told his parents took him to UVA Medical Center where he died.
"It's not even real to me yet. And it probably won't be real until I go to school and he's not there," Hedges said.
Friends have flocked to Mensah's Facebook page saying things like, "I loved you with everything I had. You were always there for me from the first day we met."
Mensah was a star who's life was dimmed too early.
"He was successful, he was in governor's school, he had everything planned. You know, what he wanted to do, where he wanted to go," Hartlage said.
"It's gonna be hard just getting on the bus without him and walking by his house," Tim Butler said.
Students are on spring break this week, but friends say students throughout the school will wear Converse shoes in Mensah's memory on Monday. He was known for wearing them.
Tharp Funeral Home is handling arrangements.