RED BLUFF, Calif. - Auston Strole, 12, of Red Bluff, was killed in a boating accident the weekend of July 4.
Strole's body had been missing in Shasta Lake until the Ralston Group, a private volunteer search effort from Idaho, found his remains Friday, September 29.
Thursday night the community of Red Bluff welcomed Auston home.
They held a candlelight ceremony at the Jackson Heights baseball fields where Strole played Little League baseball.
His father Jeff Strole and his coaches thanked the community for their support during the search.
"Red Bluff has been very good to me and the kids," Jeff said. "I love the people here."
He recalls Friday's discovery on the lake and how he felt the minute the Ralston Group announced they had found his son.
"I felt like a ton of weight had been taken off my shoulders. I was happy, but also sad at the same time."
Hundreds of people attended Thursday night's ceremony to honor Auston. Jeff said more than 400 candles were handed out, and still, there were not enough candles for everyone.
"I just know that all these kids that played ball with him...he'll be watching over them, making sure that they're being good sports and everything like he was," Jeff said.
He added that a softball tournament will be held in Auston's name the weekend of October 13. The funds raised will go towards a scholarship, which the Strole family will give back to the community to help kids in Red Bluff attend college.
At Friday night's football game between Red Bluff High School and West Valley High School, a moment of silence will be held to honor Auston before kickoff.