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William McQuain Honored By Football Team In Gaithersburg

5:37 AM, Oct 24, 2011   |    comments
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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Days after 11-year-old William McQuain was found murdered, his teammates again took to the field for a football game.

In the last game of the regular season and it was a tough loss for the Panthers. However, losing the game doesn't compare to losing their teammate, William. 

PHOTOS OF WILLIAM

Young William was found dead in the the woods last Tuesday in Clarksburg. Exactly a week after William's mother, Jane McQuain Was found murdered in her Briarcliff Terrace home in Gaithersburg. 

That week of searching for William was full of hope and fear for William's football teammates. They're still wearing their "missing Panther" pins, with a picture of William on their uniforms. 

"It's very difficult, because I spoke to William October 1st," team mother Delicia Hill said. 

"I'm not coming today," Hill says William told her the morning she called when he didn't show up to a game. That was the same day, Montgomery County Police believe, William was killed by his stepfather, 45-year-old Curtis Lopez. 

Hill's son just turned 11, and he has a bunch of questions, just like the rest of the team. 

"How? Why? Who could have done something like this?" Those are the questions Hill and the team's coach, Xavier Twine are faced with. 

"As coaches, you don't want to get into a lot of details with the kids," Twine said. 

But Hill knows you can't hide the sad truth, because the children need answers to move on. 

"I took my son to the site where he (William) was found and that really brought a lot of closure for him," Hill said. 

Lopez has been charged in the murders and awaits a trip back to Montgomery County to face those charges. There is an outside chance Lopez could face the death penalty, a rare punishment in Md. 

Funeral services for William and Jane McQuain have been set for October 29th. 

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