Baije Smola knew Kaleb since she was in third grade, after moving into his neighborhood. She learned the news after receiving a call from her mother and looking through Facebook.
"I still cannot believe he is gone," says Smola. "I feel like he is still around."
Like every other friend we spoke to, Smola says the news has not sunk in. A majority of his friends who chose not to speak on camera because the news is too soon say Kaleb is best described as outgoing.
"You can never have a sad face around Kaleb," adds Smola. "He just kept everyone upbeat and happy."
His former football coach, Todd Moebes, said Kaleb visited the field house a couple of weeks ago and was excited about his new job working in a wind energy company. Moebes describes Kaleb as a great leader and someone who you would want on your team.
"His spirit is still here," says Moebes. "He was very loyal and had a lot of pride and spirit about him."
A family friend has set up a GoFundMe account. As of mid-Monday night, over $3,000 has been raised out of the account's goal of $7,000.
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