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High school football player's body found after N. Topsail Beach drowning

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ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Southwest Onslow County High School is mourning a football star after he drowned at North Topsail Beach yesterday.

Search crews say they found the body of 19-year-old Shak Pershey early this morning after hours of searching the water.

The Town of North Topsail Beach says emergency crews got a call about a possible drowning last night at about 6 p.m. Witnesses reported Pershey went under the water about 100 yards from shore and never came up.

Friends say Pershey was a great guy with a good future ahead of him.

One of Pershey's teammates says he cannot believe it and everyone is upset.

"I understand, because every time I was around Shak he was so friendly and so outgoing and humble," Jonathan Leonard said. "Just a great guy to be around, and any time you lose someone, especially this young, it's just hard."

Leonard says Pershey was not just a great football player, he was an amazing person who was planning to go to college on a football scholarship.

A candlelight vigil at North Topsail Beach is planned for Pershey at Beach Access #2 at 8 p.m.

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Cousin

May our family member rest in peace. To hear everyone speak of how nice he was makes my heart happy. Plus, his character and life he lead is really speaking for him. Young people, character traits are very important, so always try to attain positive ones. It is what you do between the dash that matters!

Cousin,
Dr. Jones

Sad

Sad

Wilmington Observer

I am so sorry for this young

I am so sorry for this young man, his family and his friends. I heard about him being missing last night and I prayed so hard for him to be found alive, and my heart broke for everyone when I read the news this morning. All of you are in my prayers.

My thoughts and prayers go

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this young man.

RIP

RIP