When Martin Duque was in middle school and saw a classmate struggling to fit in, the “always smiling” teenager tried to make him feel welcomed.

“He quickly became one of my greatest friends – no question,” Jose Hoyos said Sunday. Hoyos had moved to Parkland from Mexico nearly three years ago and attended Westglades Middle School with Duque, also a native Mexican.

“Martin knew what it was like, so he approached me, taught me some English, invited me to play soccer and introduced me to some friends. He didn’t ask any questions. He just wanted to make me feel at home, loved and accepted,” said Hoyos, who eventually moved on to high school with Duque. “I’ll never forget his friendship.”

That friendship was cut short Feb. 14 when a gunman killed 14 students and three faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. On Sunday, Duque was the last of the 17 victims to be laid to rest.

A funeral service for the 14-year-old JROTC member was held in Coral Springs, and a burial with honors took place in Pompano Beach. Both services were private.

“The last time I saw him was at the lunch table the day of the shooting,” Hoyos said. “We were laughing, having a great time, as always. I’m glad that’s how I can remember him – smiling. I hope others remember that too.”

In a GoFundMe post, Duque, a freshman at Douglas, was described as “a very funny kid, outgoing but sometimes really quiet.”

“He was sweet and caring and loved by everyone in his family,” wrote one of his four siblings, Alex Duque.

Martin Duque also was remembered as humble and affectionate, a passionate soccer fan, an excellent student and a well-liked cadet on his school’s JROTC team.

The atmosphere Sunday was bittersweet as mourners celebrated Duque’s life. Family members and friends shared memories of him as they stood in line to enter the service. As they signed a “Star Wars”-themed memory book, many laughed. Others cried and exchanged long hugs.

“We’re choosing to honor him, to remember the good parts of his life,” said schoolmate Vincent Hernandez. “Having survived the shooting, I definitely feel newfound purpose. Martin’s death and this tragedy has let me see things differently. In a short time, I’ve learned to love things while I still have them, not afterward.”

Duque was born in Coyuca de Catalan in the state of Guerrero in southwestern Mexico. He and his siblings were raised by their two grandmothers while his parents moved to Florida until they could save enough money to bring the children here.

Marilu Hernandez Duque, a cousin of the slain teenager who lives in Mexico, said his death hit the family hard. For the Duques, death by violence has been a pattern.

“The family has been assassinated by crime in Mexico,” Hernandez Duque said, noting that six family members had been murdered there. “Martin is the seventh death, also from violence. I cannot understand why this keeps happening.”