FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — People are sending prayers and love to former Razorback Peyton Hillis who is fighting for his life in the hospital after a swimming incident in Pensacola, Fla.

Candles vigorously burned and tears were shed Sunday night at Shiloh Christian School Champion’s Stadium where a community stood together and held a prayer vigil for Hillis on Jan. 9.

“He is uber enthusiastic, and you can tell he loves football and you can tell he loves kids and he coached with a lot of pep in his step and love in his heart,” Bryant Davis said.

Bryant Davis, a teacher, and coach at Shiloh Christian School says he built a bond with Hillis over the years.

“I got to know him through just being around him on the football field and getting to know his son, it’s been a privilege,” Davis said.

Family friend Kelsey Eursery says Hillis is somebody that lights up any room he walks in and is a flame bursting with passion.

“There truly is that sense of community, that everyone’s here to rally around somebody they either have seen in person or they may have never even talked to in person,” Eursery said.

Eursery says Hillis has been involved in the community so much that it led him to gain a second family and as he fights for his life.

“Our goal was to come together and come together tonight and just to see people that are already starting to arrive to pray for that healing and that divine intervention, it’s such a blessing,” Eursery said.

Davis and Eursery said they want to thank Hillis for being such a role model in the community to the young and old, and they’re praying hard that he gets his health back.