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Fayetteville high school mourns teens killed in wrecks

Posted April 10, 2013

— Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville is mourning the loss of a student and a former student who were killed in crashes last week.

On Friday, William Coleman "Cole" Humphrey, 17, was driving back from the beach on N.C. Highway 53 with two friends when he ran off the road, struck a ditch and a power pole and flipped his SUV.

Humphrey, a junior at Cape Fear High, died. The two passengers, Branson Hayes and Spencer Faircloth, were injured.

The crash happened one day after Joshua Locklear, 15, was killed in a crash on Clinton Road in Cumberland County. Locklear is a former Cape Fear High student.

"Once a member of the Colt family, always a member," Principal Lee Spruill said Wednesday. 

Humphrey's funeral was Tuesday, and hundreds of people came out to remember him.

Spruill, who has known Humphrey since he was a child, said the teen was a gifted athlete and a good kid.

"I saw him at all the games," Spruill said. "He was the type of kid who always came up to you and said hello to you – a 'yes, sir' and 'no, sir' type of child."

Cole Humphrey Cape Fear High mourns student-athlete killed in crash

Humphrey shined on the baseball team and football team, but he also got good grades and showed up to church every Sunday, Spruill said.

"It's not every day you get to see the star shortstop or a star wide receiver up on stage in the church drama on Sunday," he said. "It makes you feel good."

When Spruill learned about the crash, he couldn't help but cry, he said.

"I was completely devastated, and there's one thing, as a principal, you can't stand," he said. "You can't see your students, your kids, upset."

Humphrey was a proud Christian and a good role model for his fellow students.

"I have a 4-year-old son. If he turns out anything like Cole Humphrey, I'd say I was pretty successful," Spruill said. 

Locklear's funeral is scheduled for Thursday. 


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  • Timetogo Apr 12, 2013

    It's a terrible shame to lose such a wonderful role model for other students (and adults). My heart goes out to his family.

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  • CharmedLife Apr 11, 2013

    To everything a purpose, and a purpose to everything. Deepest sympathy to both families, friends, and all who knew these 2 boys. May time help ease the pain, but may the memories live on.