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In Wolfeboro, school marks senior's death
WOLFEBORO — Grief mixed with loving memories Monday afternoon at Kingswood Regional High School, where hundreds of students, staff and friends gathered to pay tribute to Darren Duncanson.
The 18-year-old New Durham senior died in a car crash Sunday in Porter, Maine.
Police said Duncanson was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu on Route 25 when he lost control, rolled over and crashed into several trees. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Passengers Amber Lee, 17, and Justin Bohmille, 18, both students at Kingswood, were taken to Maine Medical Center. Bohmille was treated and released; Lee was still being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Kingswood Principal Guy Donnelly.
Duncanson was a member of the varsity Knights football and basketball teams and had received the Scholar Award from the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association. Shannon Letendre, a Kingswood senior and close friend, pulled together the vigil after hearing of Duncanson's death. Posters were made, many featuring photos of Duncanson in his #83 football jersey.
Letendre said the turnout at Monday's vigil — held in the wind-blown bleachers overlooking the school's athletic fields — was a testimony to Duncanson's popularity.
“This shows how much everybody cared about him,” said Letendre, who invited anyone who wanted to share thoughts or memories to speak.
“I feel we lost someone really great, someone who would have changed the world,” said one female student, who then leaned into family members seated on the front bleacher seat.
“You raised a really good son,” she said, reaching out to Duncanson's mom, Emily Tebbetts, who sat next to daughter Kristen Tebbetts.
Teammates recalled Duncanson's passion on the field and on the basketball court. Others described him as a kind, funny and friendly young man who made others feel comfortable.
“We're here to celebrate his short and spectacular life,” said football coach Tom McCullough.
Duncanson's grandmother, Karen Christian, came up Monday from Atlanta, Ga. On behalf of the family, she thanked everyone who spoke so kindly of her grandson. Funeral arrangements will likely be made today, she said.
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