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

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.

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