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Tragedies bring sorrow to neighboring schools

Senior Christian Martin is hyped up by his teammates before the 3A Regionals game against Cox Mill. He suffered a head injury in this game after a failed dunk. (Photo contributed by H. Scott Hoffmann /News & Record)

Senior Christian Martin is hyped up by his teammates before the 3A Regionals game against Cox Mill. He suffered a head injury in this game after a failed dunk. (Photo contributed by H. Scott Hoffmann /News & Record)

Senior Christian Martin is hyped up by his teammates before the 3A Regionals game against Cox Mill. He suffered a head injury in this game after a failed dunk. (Photo contributed by H. Scott Hoffmann /News & Record)

Senior Christian Martin is hyped up by his teammates before the 3A Regionals game against Cox Mill. He suffered a head injury in this game after a failed dunk. (Photo contributed by H. Scott Hoffmann /News & Record)

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This month, three young men from Southwest Guilford High School, Dudley High School and Page High School have been involved in tragic incidents. Christian Martin is captain of the Southwest Cowboys varsity boys’ basketball team. At the 3A Regional Championship, Martin went for a dunk, but missed and landed on the floor.

When Martin’s head hit the wood floor, he had a seizure and suffered a concussion and trauma. This is because he landed on is head and neck– the worst way possible.

“I, as well as everyone else, was extremely scared,” Southwest sophomore Karsen Mullins said. “No one knew what was going to happen next.”

Mullins is a close friend of Martin and was at the Regionals game.

Martin was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory and remained in critical, but stable condition in a medically induced coma.

“Many people went as well to wait and hear updates,” Mullins said. “The whole basketball team came and so did the coaches.”

The Southwest boys won the Regionals game against Cox Mill 88-58, and then went on to win states, for the second time, against Leesville High School, 67-60.

After a few days, he regained consciousness but was very confused due to his head injury and medication. However, he was in good condition for the situation and even asked for a McDonalds’ Quarter Pounder with Coke.

Meanwhile, at Southwest, students and staff came together in this time of worry. The “Southwest Strong” campaign was formed for Martin and there was a school gathering at Salsarita’s to support Martin’s family.

“I know it meant a lot to him and his family that the Southwest community came out to support him,” Mullins said. “(The campaign) means that (the school) as a whole had to be strong and there for each other.”

After the incident, a GoFundMe page was created by the Craig Ceresi of the Southwest Booster club for Martin’s medical bills. As of today, it has raised $12,136 of it’s $15,000 goal. It can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/christian-martin.

Now, Martin is fully awake and beginning to walk on his own. His neurologist says it is a slow recovery, and Southwest fans are sure that they will see the Martin they know and love very soon.

“It means a lot knowing that he is almost completely back to himself,” Mullins said.

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On the night of March 2, senior Sincere Davis was shot in the head while attending a small party with his close friends.

Davis was an active member of his community and a leader on and off the field.  He was the Page Pirate’s starting running back, wearing jersey #26, and a part of the wrestling team.  In addition, he was the team captain on a leadership council where he mentored students to help them reach their highest potential.

The Page High School community responded immediately after hearing about the incident.  The Page football team posted this message on Facebook: “Pirate Nation call out for all prayers tonight as one of our Pirates is in the fight for his life. #26fighter #prayersfor26.”

Principal Erik Naglee asked the community for their thoughts for Davis and his friends and family.

“At Page High, we are a family and when one hurts, we all hurt,” Naglee said.  “We ask that you keep us in your thoughts and respect the privacy of the family during this difficult time.”

After his passing on March 12, four of Davis’s football teammates came together to talk about Davis and carry on his legacy.

During an interview with FOX8 News, the four boys recounted their favorite memories of Davis and spoke about the support they had received from the community following this tragic event.

“He is an outstanding character and he is nice, smart, intelligent and his encouragement, you see we all come together as one,” Elijah Jones said.  “That is what we do, we gel. He would love that we did this for him.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Davis’s honor.  As of Mar. 27, it has raised $31, 210 out of $40,000 to help Davis’s family pay for medical expenses.  It can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/26strong?member=1837354.

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Finally, senior James Currie from Dudley High School was fatally shot Sunday, March 24.

Currie’s aunt Beulah Miller told Fox News, “It’s not easy, you know, going to the home knowing where he should be and there’s an empty space there.”

Police found Currie with the gunshot wound; the murderer has not been found. Family members are praying and hoping that someone comes forward with more information.

“Our hearts go out to our Dudley High School community,” Todd Warren, the president of the Guilford County Association of Educators said in an online post. “We love you and are committed to building a world where this does not happen.”

Anyone with information can call Greensboro police at (336) 373-1000. You do not have to reveal your identity, and you may be eligible for an award.

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