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Murder victim's football jersey to be retired

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By: Melissa Randall

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Central High School in Providence is paying tribute to a young athlete killed earlier this week.

The teen's teammates remembering him in a way only they can.

This year's football team was made up of about 60 kids, retiring jersey #55 is their way of saying good-bye.

"It's been a difficult week for us. We're mourning as a team," said Coach Peter Rios.

The Central High Knights holding on tight to good memories of their teammate and friend, George Holland.

The 17-year-old was shot and killed in Providence this week.

This tattered black and gold football jersey belonged to Holland his number, 55, will now be retired.

"Well we always want to keep George in our memory. He was a very important part of our central family, so it was an easy decision," said Rios.

Number 55 was special to Holland, he idolized the player who wore it before him.

Rios says many players looked up to Holland a young man who lived and breathed football.

"He just talked about it all the time. He just lived it and always talked about the next game, the next practice," said Rios.

The jersey will be formally retired prior to the football season. It will happen during a private ceremony.

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