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Raleigh Charter High student dies after fall

Posted June 5, 2011
Updated June 6, 2011

— A Raleigh Charter High School senior died Sunday after falling on the eve of the school's graduation ceremony, according to an email from Principal Tom Humble to students, staff and parents.

Mehdy Hazheer, 18, was critically injured when he fell outside the school Friday night and hit his head on some bricks. A man who called to report the incident said Hazheer appeared to be trying to climb up the side of the building and fell about 10 to 15 feet.

The school's graduation ceremony was Saturday, and a teacher read the address Hazheer was to have made.

"In his work, he bridged communities and inspired his fellow students," Humble said of Hazheer, noting that he coordinated the school's relief efforts for tornado victims and Japan's tsunami victims, led the Interfaith Alliance and Social Justice Club and was a member of the National Honor Society.

"Mehdy was loved and respected by the students, faculty, and staff of Raleigh Charter High School," Humble said. "We feel a tremendous amount of sadness at our loss, and we are remembering Mehdy’s family during their grieving."

Hazheer was in WakeMed's neurological intensive care unit for two days before his death. He planned to attend Harvard University.


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  • Roland K. Jun 7, 2011

    there is little sadder than newly minted high-school graduate dying in a freak accident. Sympathies for a family I never knew.

  • ykjackson Jun 6, 2011

    So sad!God Bless his family.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 6, 2011

    Praying for those who loved him.

    Wonder why he was trying to climb up the side of the building. Well, still sad.

  • megannnc Jun 6, 2011

    I heard he was working on a senior picnic event

  • illegals--GO HOME Jun 6, 2011

    Saying prayers for his family and friends. It is terrible to lose any child.....

  • rebecca7 Jun 6, 2011

    Deepest sympathies to his family. My heart breaks for them.

  • Desiderata Jun 6, 2011

    Those who were looking for detail NEED TO GET A LIFE AND GO LIVE IT ! How sad to lose such a worthy soul.,,there must be some consolation that the good he had done is remembered, amid the pain his family and friends are feeling. Blessing to all

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  • CarolinaGirl2 Jun 6, 2011

    Wow, how awful!

  • bombayrunner Jun 6, 2011

    heaven has gained an angel.