The bleachers were filled at the Stockton High School football field where the memorial service took place. And you might call it a perfect place to remember the 23-year-old Lancaster, who was a star football player at Stockton High. Many well-wishers were teary-eyed tonight...But had great memories of a "fiesty" Lancaster on the football field. Off the field, friends told us about middle school ski trips....and said Lancaster was always the life of the party. They're holding onto those memories tightly right now as this terrible loss is still sinking in.
It's just so hard to lose one. I'm fortunate I haven't lost a child, but it just isn't right," said Family Friend Ann Coan. "We've all been friends for a long time. He's just the type of person we just can't forget and we want to remember him in a good way," said Friend Amber Heitter.
Also attending the ceremony were some of Lancaster's fellow soldiers. They're remembering him as a dedicated and competitive soldier, who say never flinched during dangerous situations. Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn also came out to the memorial service. Lancaster's family will hold a private funeral on Sunday.