More than 100 friends gathered Sunday at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Durham to mourn the deaths of 18-year-old Miles Moorman of Bahama and 18-year-old Brantley Pearce. Moorman was a student at the Durham Performance Learning Center and Pearce was a Riverside High School graduate.
"Brantley was a really good friend of mine, and I have to say, this is really hard for me to do this," friend Houston Thomas said. "It really is, but I do just want to let the world know that he was a great guy. He was just one of the greatest guys I've ever met and I'll never forget him."
Northern High School seniors Kristen Terry, 18, and Kimberly Frey, 17, are in the hospital. They were riding in the back seat.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol says Moorman was driving the group of friends from Durham on Harker's Island road when he tried to make a turn at a Y intersection. A SUV towing an 18-foot boat collided with his car.
Hunter Chapmon, a friend of Pearce's, says the teen would do anything to help those he didn't know. "Probably one of the nicest people I ever knew. He'd do anything for anybody. He'd give you the shirt off his back if he didn't know you."
Chapmon describes Pearce as a joker. "I saw him recently one night," Chapmon recalled. "He called me a two earring pirate cause I got two earrings in each ear and he's only got one so. That'll probably be my last memory of him."
Authorities do not believe speed or alcohol were factors. Troopers say Moorman may not have been familiar with the intersection.
The four passengers in the SUV towing the boat are expected to recover.