Students remember Cook Co. teen that died in car crash Sunday - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Students remember Cook Co. teen that died in car crash Sunday

COOK CO., GA (WALB) -

Students and loved ones remember a Cook County boy killed in a car crash Sunday on his 15th birthday.

Students at Cook County High organized tonight's vigil. They said heaven gained an angel in Gage Raper.

Hearts are heavy this Monday night as friends and relatives of Gage Raper lean on each other for support as they remember the 15-year-old they say was filled with joy and laughter.

" If you were sad or something he would make and try to make you feel happy and put a smile on your face," said Alex Connell, friend.

Raper was killed Sunday night when the driver of a Ford Mustang lost control on Roundtree McCranie Road. Raper was ejected from the vehicle and died on his birthday.

" That's what hit me the hardest was that he passed away on his birthday,” said Justin Jones, friend.

" He got the better half because he was with God on his birthday," said Myleni Tuggle.

Raper was a baritone player for the Cook High Marching Band. Band members remembered him and placed candles around his marching band picture.

" We are a family. We are a family in the band. We are a family in the school. We are a family in Cook County, said Tuggle.

Students say returning to school today was difficult.

"I feel like the world ended. That I had nobody to come and say good morning or give me a hug. I just didn't know what to do," said Tyler Staines.

Students wrote heartfelt messages on this poster of Raper. They also released balloons in the Cook High School colors for everyone involved in the crash.

" If you don't know Gage, you should've met him because you lost something good," said Tyler Staines.

Copyright 2015 WALB. All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • 10 things to help parents prepare for back-to-school

    10 things to help parents prepare for back-to-school

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 8:28 AM EDT2017-07-25 12:28:54 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    As you try to prepare your child for heading back to the classroom, here is a list to help make sure you and your student are prepared for the upcoming year.

    More >>

    As you try to prepare your child for heading back to the classroom, here is a list to help make sure you and your student are prepared for the upcoming year.

    More >>
  • Downtown Tifton: 'A Great Revival'

    Downtown Tifton: 'A Great Revival'

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 7:59 AM EDT2017-07-25 11:59:17 GMT
    There's a number of businesses in the downtown area (Source: WALB)There's a number of businesses in the downtown area (Source: WALB)

    Downtown Tifton’s occupancy level is at 98% and the City’s economic development director said that’s good news for residents.

    More >>

    Downtown Tifton’s occupancy level is at 98% and the City’s economic development director said that’s good news for residents.

    More >>
  • How to cut down on your power bill

    How to cut down on your power bill

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 7:50 AM EDT2017-07-25 11:50:33 GMT
    The power company says customers usually see their highest bills during the summer months (Source: WALB)The power company says customers usually see their highest bills during the summer months (Source: WALB)

    If you were shocked the last time you opened your power bill, Georgia Power has good news for you. The power company says its customers usually see their highest bills during this time of year, but there are ways to save on energy. 

    More >>

    If you were shocked the last time you opened your power bill, Georgia Power has good news for you. The power company says its customers usually see their highest bills during this time of year, but there are ways to save on energy. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly