OAKLAND -- A song was being performed at Saturday's funeral services for Fred Thompson, the 19-year-old former Oakland Tech High football star who died last week of a heart attack, when mourners pointed to a flock of seagulls that appeared above the field where he once excelled.

Thompson's warm and friendly spirit was seemingly everywhere on the north Oakland campus during the ceremony, in which more than 800 people came to bid him farewell.

He received a football scholarship to Oregon State University, and enrolled at the college earlier this year. Thompson, who was 6-foot-4 and weighed 317 pounds, was expected to compete for a starting position on the defensive line next year.