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Harnett County man killed in fatal crash to be remembered at graduation ceremony

Posted December 19, 2016

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— A 24-year-old man who died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle wreck in Harnett County was described by his girlfriend as having an "infectious smile."

William "Ty" Brown died when he ran a stop sign and crashed into another car near 1653 Sheriff Johnson Road in Lillington. Troopers said sun, beaming into his windshield, could be the cause of the crash.

Brown spent the last 16 weeks in basic law enforcement training at Central Carolina Community College. He was set to graduate Tuesday, but now his girlfriend, Kamaria Hooker, will now be attending the ceremony without him.

Hooker said Brown was the type of person who was never angry. When he walked into a room, you couldn't help but notice his presence.

"He always had a smile on his face and he was looking forward to whatever was going to happen that day, and just living life to the fullest. That's what he did," Hooker said.

Hooker said the flags at Tuesday’s ceremony will fly at half-staff.

"He carried our class flag. He was at the front of our class whenever we marched," she said. "He carried the flag, and tomorrow I'll be carrying the flag for him."

Hooker now keeps a cross nearby that Brown had in his pocket on the day of the crash.

She said her boyfriend was always thinking of how he could help others - one of the reasons he was going to make a great law enforcement officer.

"For his two brothers, Nathan and Justin. He said, 'I'm doing this for them so that they have a role model to look at,'" Hooker said. "He was the older out of all of his siblings. He has a sister, and another brother named Jermaine. And he said, 'I want to be a role model for all of them.'"

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