Remembering Curtis and Dante
Curtis Hampton Junior and Dante Anderson were both just 16-years old when their lives abruptly ended. Police say they were speeding when the car they were riding in crashed into a tree. But one boy's father wants to make sure this kind of accident doesn't happen to another family.
Friends and family of Curtis Hampton Junior waited in long lines at Mount Moriah Baptist Church to pay their respects. And once inside it was standing room only.
Although there's a lot of saddness, Curtis' father hopes everyone will gain something from the loss. Curtis Hampton Senior said, "I hope this will be a learning lesson for the community and kids that are going on summer vacation."
He plans to put a monument at the crash site and says next year he'll go to middle and high schools educating the youth.
But it's double the emotion in Gainesville. Just hours after friends and family said goodbye to Curtis, some went to Eastside High School to say goodbye to another person who's life was cut way too short.
Every seat in the school's auditorium was filled. A basketball star, Anderson's teammates sat in disbelief. But people stood as Anderson's family entered. His family says Anderson wasn't just a star on the court.
John Pinkany, Anderson's uncle says, "Everyone looked up to him in the neighborhood. All the boys his age and under. They looked up to him as a role model."
By Gavin Johnson, WCJB TV20 News
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