SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Bedford County Community came together to honor a 12-year-old boy who took his own life last weekend.

Eli Fritchley, a seventh-grader at Cascades Middle School, died by suicide Sunday, November 28, after his parents say he was bullied.

On Saturday, a celebration of life for Eli was held in Shelbyville, featuring family members and some of Eli’s best friends. Some attendees wore pink as a message to stop bullying and to seek help if you’re struggling.

During the Shelbyville Christmas parade, those marching for Eli got to lead the parade and even won the Grand Marshal prize.

A GoFundMe has also been set up by Penalties Sports Bar & Grill, a place where the Fritchleys were known to frequent, to help with the creation of a foundation to bring awareness and help educate people about bullying and suicide awareness. The restaurant also had their own float supporting Eli in the parade.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a prevention network of 161 crisis centers that provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. If you need help, please call 1-800-273-8255.