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Friends, Teammates Honor Two Fayetteville Athletes Killed In Car Crash

Posted December 1, 2005 7:06 a.m. EST

— Students in Fayetteville honor the lives of two classmates killed in a car accident.

Maurice Marley, 17, and 16-year-old Nathan Tubbs died in a car crash in Alabama Thanksgiving weekend. The two friends joined the E.E. Smith High School basketball team in August.

"They were outgoing. They were cool. They were my homeboys," said teammate Sherrick Warren.

Coaches say their outgoing personalities and athletic skills made them popular players on E.E. Smith's basketball team.

Wednesday was the first time the team took the court since their death, playing an away game at Jack Britt High School. The cheerleaders wore specially designed T-shirts.

"I think just being around people that they know and have confidence in and they know will be there for them. I think that's what this game means," said basketball coach Alvin Thompson.

For the rest of the basketball season, the boys and girls teams will wear black ribbons on their uniforms in honor of Marley and Tubbs.

Funeral services are set for Saturday, which was supposed to be the team's next home game. Marley will be buried in Durham. Tubbs will be laid to rest in Tupelo, Miss.