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Chapel Hill High mourns second football athlete's death

Posted November 17, 2008

— For the second time this school year, students at Chapel Hill High are mourning a player on the school football team.

Senior Rodney Torain was the second member of the team to die this year. Torain was killed Sunday when the car in which he was riding crashed into a tree.

Senior Atlas Fraley, 17, died of unknown causes hours after a football scrimmage Aug. 12.

Students began the day Monday with a moment of silence for Torain.

"It was depressing because everyone was so silent. Everybody was crying because he was such a big influence on our school. He was such a happy person and it's just a terrible thing that happened," classmate Amanda Thompson said.

Counselors were at the school to support students and teachers. The school's basketball team, of which Torain was also a member, has canceled a Tuesday contest against Cardinal Gibbons High.

Troopers and agents with the State Bureau of Investigation looked Monday at the scene of the wreck and analyzed the car Torain was in.

Ashley Bynum, 18, told troopers she was driving Torain and Laticia Farrington, 17, when she noticed a car, occupied by several men, was following them closely.

When she tried to turn around, Bynum told troopers, the following car tried to pass, side-swiping her. She over-corrected and ran off the road into a tree.

Bynum and Farrington, both of whom were wearing seatbelts, were treated for their injuries at a hospital and released Sunday.

Torain suffered a head injury and died.

Troopers were looking for the other car, a gold or silver, four-door sedan. It has side-swipe damage on the passenger side. Anyone with tips about the wreck is asked to call 336-570-6809.


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  • dws Nov 18, 2008

    kbo0801, the young people did absolutely nothing wrong, and nowhere in my comment did I say that they did....the lesson is that our lives can dramatically change in the blink of an eye......

  • kbo0801 Nov 17, 2008

    a very hard Life lesson for these young folks......may they draw upon Faith, Family and Friends to pull them through dws

    This comment made no sense what so ever. Exactly what was the lesson learned in this accident? That you can not ride with your friends, that no one should follow you, you should make a u-turn or that someone should not sideswipe you? So which one was it?

    I do not see where these kids were in the wrong. This is a sad loss and I pray that the families and kids are able to cope.

  • countess Nov 17, 2008

    God bless them all and all of their families. These senseless tragedies are all too common lately and it just tears at your heart.

  • dws Nov 17, 2008

    a very hard Life lesson for these young folks......may they draw upon Faith, Family and Friends to pull them through