Star Quarterback Dies Weeks Before High School Graduation

Shak PersheyReally sad news out of North Carolina today. The body of the Southwest Onslow High School star quarterback Shak Pershey, 19, was found off North Topsail Beach. His young life was clipped short. Right at the start of high school graduation season, when parents and students, should be celebrating the transition from high school to bigger and better things, this promising young man's family and friends are faced with tragedy. It's almost too much to bear.


Authorities believe Pershey drowned due to rough waters or some sort of cross current. He and friends were swimming off the coast when, friends say, Pershey disappeared underwater about 100 yards off the shore. His body was found the next morning.

Pershey helped his team win the Class 1AA state football championship in December and would have graduated on June 11. He was to attend Chowan University where he was going to play college football.

Our hearts go out to Pershey's friends and family and the whole Southwest Onslow High School community.

Are you attending a high school graduation soon? Will this story be on your mind when you attend?


Image via Southwest Onslow Stallions Facebook

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