Family and friends gathered at North Iredell High School on Saturday afternoon to remember Marquise Dukes during a celebration of life service.
Dukes, 21 of Harmony, passed away May 26 following a tragic drowning accident in Lake Glenville.
He was a 2016 graduate of North Iredell and a junior at Western Carolina.
As a high school senior, Dukes rushed for a team-leading 1,314 yards and 15 touchdowns in 10 games with the North Iredell football team. He averaged 8 yards per carry on a 4-8 team.
As a junior, Dukes also eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing despite missing three games. He averaged 10 yards per carry. The Raiders finished 6-5. It was their first winning season since 2005.
--photos taken by Amy Cosey, Special to the R&L