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Broughton teachers fondly remember grad killed in Afghanistan

Posted July 23, 2012

— Teachers recalled a 2009 Broughton High School graduate who was killed in Afghanistan last week as a fun-loving go-getter.

Spc. Darrion T. Hicks, 21, of Raleigh, died Thursday in Ghanzi, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device, officials said.

Hicks joined the Army immediately after graduating from Broughton High, and he was assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Bamberg, Germany.

"He's a young man I wish all of my cadets were like," Master Sgt. Richard Suggs, who was Hicks' ROTC instructor in high school, said Monday.

Suggs said Hicks was a hard worker who participated in the drill team, color guard and Veterans Day parade units. He was voted Mr. Junior ROTC as a senior.

Ricky Brantley, who teaches automotive technology at Broughton High, said Hicks was one of his favorite students.

"He was a person who just wanted to learn," Brantley said, recalling how passionate Hicks was about cars and how he would spend hours under the hood in class getting greasy.

Darrion Hicks, killed in Afghanistan Broughton High grad killed by Afghan IED was 'go-getter'

"We always had a joke because I would call him my black son, and he would just, it would tickle him to death to hear me say that to him. That's how much I loved him," he said. "We're not talking about a teacher that made an impact on a student. We're talking about a student who made an impact on the teacher."

Hicks always wanted to become a soldier, his teachers said.

"I know he was going to make a good one because, anytime I gave him a task to do, he carried it out – I mean to the fullest," Brantley said. "You know what? He passed away fulfilling the goal he had set."

Hicks is survived by his mother and younger brother.


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  • jnrobrien Jul 24, 2012

    rest in peace...a true hero with a smile that could light up a room..a role model for my children..God bless you and your loved ones...so very sad...

  • Th3 Postm4n Jul 23, 2012

    very sad.

  • Ozzie Jul 23, 2012

    RIP to this young soldier and God be with the family and the loved one during this loss. Thank you for your decision to serve your country Specialist Hicks and I am so sorry that you lost your life while doing so.

  • lsdhome Jul 23, 2012

    I wish I could be there when they bring you home to Raleigh.
    It would be a privilege to salute you.

  • MitziGaynor Jul 23, 2012

    RIP Specialist Hicks. Prayers to you family and loved ones. Thank you for you brave decision to serve your country. You will not be forgotten.

  • just my2cents Jul 23, 2012

    My heart breaks for his family. May God comfort and protect them as they grieve the loss of our hero. Praying for those who serve everyday.

  • loyalgirl1111 Jul 23, 2012

    Thank you Spc. Hicks for serving our country and giving the ultimate sacrifice.

  • BEACH Jul 23, 2012

    to the Hicks Family

    May you son RIP, I understand your hurt and pain, have been in your shoes. I PRAY YOU MAY FIND SOME PEACE. Surround yourself with people that support you and love your Son and talk about him and what a fine young man he was.

  • Hippy_mom Jul 23, 2012


    Shame on you! Save your politics for an appropriate forum. The Hicks family is in mourning and should be supported and shown love, not the incivility that has lead to the bickering you so embrace.

  • youpeoplearesoentertaining Jul 23, 2012

    To the Hicks family, May God wrap His loving arms around you so you may find strength, comfort and peace. RIP Young Soldier...