Photo Courtesy: Sherry McCallister

By: Kalea Gunderson and Jarrod Clay | Posted: July 6, 2018 | Source: WCHSTV

Friends and family gathers Friday night to remember the life of 17-year-old Cody McCallister. (WCHS/WVAH)

Friends and family gathered Friday night to remember the life of 17-year-old Cody McCallister, who drowned Thursday night while swimming with friends in the Elk River.

McCallister’s friends, family, and classmates gathered at the former Herbert Hoover High School parking lot to honor the teen who had aspirations of joining the Marines.

The vigil was organized by McCallister’s peers.

Cade Drake said Cody was like a brother to him and one of the most genuine people he has ever met. He said they did pretty much everything together, from welding to playing basketball. They even worked on Cody’s home together after it was damaged in the June 2016 flood.

Thursday night, the two boys and two other friends were swimming in the Elk River when Cade said he noticed…