South Brunswick HS mourns loss of senior days before graduation

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Submitted: Thu, 06/13/2013 - 3:53am
Updated: Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:48pm

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — For the fourth time since Memorial Day, the students and staff at a Brunswick County school are dealing with loss.

In the just the past three weeks South Brunswick High School has seen three students and one teacher unexpectedly die. The latest is a student and athlete just days away from graduating.

“It’s sad, ’cause he ain’t going to graduate with them,” student Eoles Whitaker said. “It’s like another person that’s not going to graduate with them.”

For Whitaker, the loss of football teammate James Prince is heartbreaking.

“That’s like my brother, yo. That’s like my brother,” Whitaker said. “He was just here not too long ago. It’s just sad.”

The 17-year-old Prince drowned Tuesday night near the Yaupon Pier in Oak Island. William Brennan says he saw the whole thing.

“He walks into the start of the boat (grounded on the beach) and washed the sand off, and then he kind of just went to the end of the boat and the current kind of just grabbed him and didn’t see him after that,” Brennan said.

Several people tried to find Prince after he went under, but could not. Bystanders later found his body, but it was too late.

Prince was a senior who played football and basketball at South Brunswick High. Friends describe him as a stellar athlete and say he was the type of guy to stop you in the hallway for a hug if he knew you were feeling down.

“He made people laugh, joke,” Whitaker said. “Sitting at the lunchtable, we would laugh. All the girls loved him”

Grief counselors are available at the school for anyone who needs support in this tough time.

A memorial service to celebrate Prince’s life will be held tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. on the school’s football field.


  • Cheryl Johnson Davis says:

    John 14:27
    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

    Proverbs 3:5-6
    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

    Lean on Him and He will comfort your heart. I love you guys

  • nofaithnlaw says:

    Prayers & condolences to this young man’s family.

  • Amber morgan says:

    What William Brennan said, is not true. My best friend and my neighbors were with James when this all happened. There was no boat around until the coast guard came. What he said isn’t true, I believe people need to know the truth, james was a wonder person with a beautiful soul and out of respect for him, the truth needs to be told.So if somebody could please email me at I will make sure you know the truth.

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