CURRY, AL (WBRC) - The desk where 9-year-old Ellis Stricklin used to sit now bears sentimental marks.
A face with tears. The message: "We love and miss you." All made by Ellis' classmates on Friday after learning of his death.
"We closed our library so that room would be available for them," Principal Roy Martin said. "If they want to talk, we had a place to do that. And if they didn't want to talk, that's fine, too. Everybody deals with it different."
Officials say Ellis was riding a motorcycle with his uncle Thursday afternoon when someone hit and killed him.
Ellis was a third grader at Curry Elementary School and an exemplary one, according to Martin.
"Just a model student. Just quiet, never gave us any trouble, teachers loved him," Martin said.
Ellis' death isn't just affecting those at the school but throughout the entire Curry community.
Martin says a number of local business leaders came to the school this morning, wanting to donate to the family. And at Friday night's football game, Ellis will be honored.
Teachers throughout the school wore blue ribbons in Ellis' memory Friday while students made cards to give to his family.
The pain of his loss is made even worse, knowing the person who killed him is still on the loose.
"Just do the right thing. You've got to live with that the rest of your life. Just do the right thing," Martin pleaded.
State troopers said on Friday that they recovered the 2001 Nissa Maxima that was involved in the crash, but they are still searching for the driver.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call state troopers at 205-921-3121.