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Fennville's Wes Leonard celebrated in funeral with tears and laughter

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Fennville High School coaches Travis Cossey, on right, and Tim Schipper, help carry the casket of Wes Leonard, 16, out of Christ Memorial Church after Leonard's funeral, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Holland, Mich. Leonard died last week after making a game-winning shot during a high school basketball game to preserve his team's perfect record.

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Rev. Gary Peterson speaks at the funeral service for Wes Leonard, 16, of Fennville, at Christ Memorial Church, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Holland, Mich.

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The Fennville High School Choir performs "River Sing Your Song" during the funeral for Wes Leonard, 16, of Fennville, at Christ Memorial Church, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Holland, Mich.

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A mourner wipes away a tear as she and another mourner exit Christ Memorial Church, Holland, Mich. after services for Wes Leonard, 16, of Fennville, Mich. Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

 

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The day after winning their first basketball game without their fallen teammate Wes Leonard, who died last week of an enlarged heart shortly after making a winning shot, players and students of Fennville high school paid their last respects. NBC's Brian Williams reports.