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Broughton Student Dead of Brain Hemmorhage

Posted October 30, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— Betsy Draper had many friends and showed a lot of promise, but a brain hemorrhage cut her life short.

Draper was the starting goalie on Broughton High School's soccer team before becoming the latest in a series of tragedies to strike the Raleigh school this year.

Draper was considered one of the best soccer players in the state, and no one knew that better than her parents. Draper's father, Stephen Draper, told WRAL TV5's Mark Roberts that Betsy was an exceptional girl who gave her all, so much so that a favorite coach gave her a nickname.

This is the third tragedy at Broughton since the current school year started.

First it was 17-year-old Jackson Griffin, who drowned in Crabtree Creek after Hurricane Fran raised it to flood levels. Then three students were struck by a car on their way to school. One of them, Frank Nicholson, is still in critical condition at Wake Medical Center.

Student Darryl Stanford says it has been a difficult year, but students are trying to remain positive.

Judy Draper, Betsy's mother, says it's hard not to wish for the future the family planned together.

The Drapers say Betsy's brain hemorrhage had nothing to do with her soccer career. The family asks that well-wishers make donations to the American Lung Association in Betsy's memory.