Hundreds Attend Funeral For Teen Killed In Skateboarding Accident

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Hundreds of people filled a Carteret County church this morning to pay their final respects for a teenager killed in a skateboarding accident.

Drew Hughes was injured Friday evening riding a skateboard in his Emerald Isle neighborhood. The teen died the next day at Vidant Medical Center.

Forty-five minutes before the start of the service, the Emerald Isle Baptist Church was full.

"it's never going to be the same," said the boy's best friend, John Guarino. "I'm always going to think about him and I'm always going to respect people."

The 13-year-old leaves behind his mom, dad and two older brothers.

During the service, friends of teachers stood up and shared their memories of Drew.

A memorial fund was set up for funeral expenses and so far more than $25,000 has been raised.


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The family of a teenager who died after a skateboarding accident this weekend says the 13-year-old grew up loving life.

Drew Hughes was injured Friday evening riding a skateboard in his Emerald Isle neighborhood. The teen died the next day at Vidant Medical Center.

"A lot of people had said he lived more in his thirteen years than a lot of people do in their entire lifetime," said oldest brother Brewer Hughes. "He made an impact on so many different people's lives, and even after this he's still continuing to make impacts on people's lives."

A makeshift memorial has appeared at the spot where Drew fell off his skateboard at the bottom of a hill that he's ridden down hundreds of times, according to his family.

Family and friends describe the young man as a kind, loving and competitive teen who was always happy. "He was an awesome kid, definitely," said older brother Zach. "Best little brother I could ever ask for. I know I've said it before, but I mean it really."

The teen's funeral will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Emerald Isle Baptist Church. "There is going to be a hole that will never be filled. I'll always have two brothers. I have one here, and one watching over me in heaven," said Brewer Hughes.

So far an online memorial fun set up to help with the funeral expenses has raised almost $25,000.


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Police say a teenager is dead after an accident involving a skateboard.

Emerald Isle Police Chief Jeff Waters says that it happened Friday evening in the Lands End neighborhood.

Chief Waters says that 13-year-old Andrew Hughes was skateboarding when he fell and struck his head. EMS took Hughes to the hospital where he later died on Saturday.

“All the hearts in the community really go out to the family and friends of the Hughes family,” said Chief Waters.

A Facebook memorial page has been set up for Hughes, which also links to a memorial fund to help with funeral and other related expenses.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Emerald Isle Baptist Church, 304 Emerald Plantation Road. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall at 10 a.m.


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