I'm really sorry to hear the loss of your clan mate.This pic is of a funeral procession.
Its from the game Mechwarrior 4 Mercenaries
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One of our clanmates died in real life, so the 4 remaining members of his star did a slow walk around his favourite map in clan colours and gave him a 21 Gun salute at nav centre.
Online games can be just as valid a social meeting place as any other venue
People who don't actually play online games or utilize any online social platform (like forums ) do not realize the friendships that can be forged there. And when something tragic happens, it can have just as powerful an impact as it does for local (aka 'real life') friends. I recall hearing about one or two large scale memorials while playing Dark Age of Camelot. I think there was one we participated in (this was almost 10 years ago by now).
The guy my husband and I play with is our best buddy, and we met him about five years ago online in a game. And long before that he met his wife online (and actually moved from one country to another to be with her).
You're always going to get some crazy people, so you have to use common sense but when you spend time interacting with someone over days, months or even years, you are going to from a bond.