Hundreds gather to remember high school student

Friends and family packed a Wendell Church to remember 16-year-old Gavin Westover.

December 14, 2009 6:43:36 AM PST
It was a somber Sunday night for friends and family of Gavin Westover. The East Wake High School student was killed in a crash last week. Hundreds gathered in Wake County to remember Westover.

Classmates and family members packed Wendell Baptist Church to remember 16-year-old Gavin Westover.

He died Monday when he and a fellow student, Austin Marx, left the school for lunch. Troopers say Marx admitted to driving 85 to 95 MPH when he lost control of his car around a curve, hit a ditch, and rolled the car several times.

"This is a high speed collision, NC State Highway Patrol Trooper Beckley Vaughan said." "In one second two lives are changed forever and families, friends, everyone's going to be affected by that." "So this collision would not have occurred if he had been going or traveling at an appropriate speed."

Marx is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He turned himself in and went home with his family.

"He's lost a friend, a classmate and he's experiencing a lot of difficulty but the school has been very good about sending counselors out to speak with him as well and a lot of students have come by to speak with him, Defense Attorney Lee Turner said." "I think that's helped a lot."

The tragedy has hit East Wake High School and both the Marx and Westover families hard.

Sunday night was a chance to grieve together at Wendell Baptist Church. After the service Sunday, the procession headed to Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Zebulon for a final goodbye.

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