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Riverside H.S. Benefit Promises To Remember Lost Classmates, Teacher

Posted December 4, 2003

— It has been a tough year for Riverside High School in Durham. In a three-month period, two students and a football coach died.

All were honored Wednesday night it a performance put on by Riverside students at the Carolina Theatre called "A Promise To Remember."

Students Matthew West and Kayla Radack died in seperate car accidents over the summer; coach Linny Wrenn suffered a deadly heart attack in June.

West's death made news because of the circumstances -- a Durham police officer ran a red light and crashedinto West's Jeep. He died five days later. The tribute took place on what would have been his 18th birthday.

"It's a warm and fitting way to remember someone who was so full of life," said Wests's father.

West's parents put on the event. Proceeds of the event put on by West's parents will support arts and education -- their son's passion.

The police officer driving the car said to have killed West has a court date in January. He faces a misdemeanor charge of death by vehicle.

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