Hundreds of black and white balloons soared into a clear, blue sky around 7:15 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2021. 

They briefly hovered over the University of Illinois’ Gregory Drive basketball courts, on which Bailey Dee used to play, before sailing southwest and out of sight.

“A lot of good times. Spent a lot of time out here,” said Wes Dee, one of Bailey’s brothers. “We have a lot of love out here.”

That love came from more than 100 assembled family members and friends of his brother, who died Saturday in Atlanta.

The 20-year-old was the victim of a suspected drive-by shooting for which no motive currently is known. It also left two unidentified men hospitalized.