Decatur Central honors airman who died in Guam

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Decatur Central High School honored 24-year-old Alec Dye at its basketball game Saturday night.

Dye went missing on Monday, when he was last seen near Tarague Beach in Guam. Anderson Air Base Security Forces patrols said they recovered Dye’s remains on Wednesday.

dye3Dye graduated from Decatur Central High School in 2009 and played on the basketball team all four years. At Saturday’s game, the school sold more than 150 T-shirts to raise money for the family. Fans and players wore shirts than read “Alec Strong” and “Stronger Together.”

The school’s athletic director said Dye made a lasting impact on the school.

“When he made the decision to join the air force, he was so proud of that. And we as a Decatur family are also very proud of him. Knowing that he knows what he wanted to do. He wanted to make a difference, he wanted to serve our country and be loyal to those who are loyal to him,” said Decatur Central athletic director Kelly McWilliams.DYE

The basketball team retired Dye’s number 15 jersey. Each Decatur Central player greeted Donna Dye, Alec’s mother, as they took the court.

“He’s beautiful and he’s my baby and I wish he was here,” said Donna Dye.

Friends and family said it was perfect to honor Dye in the gym, because basketball meant so much to him. It was on the court where he made most of his many friendships.

“There’s not a lot of people that he met that he didn’t touch for a long time,” said friend Pat Sharpe.

All the friendships Dye held so dear are now giving his mother strength.

dye2“This school is awesome, these kids are the best. This shows you right here my son, all these kids right here. This shows you my son,” said Dye.

The Hawks came back home to Dye’s favorite place, greeting old friends with hugs and tears. Each pinned a sign of support, writing a message of encouragement and sharing favorite memories.

“He was loved, and always will be loved. By me, his dad, everybody here. I mean…Alec Strong,” said Dye.

Dye will receive a military funeral and be laid to rest at West Newton Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are still being made. Details will be announced at a later time.

If you’d like to donate to the Alec Dye Family Fund, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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