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Family, friends gather to remember Hunter Holt

(published April 9, 2009)

An estimated 700 people came to New River Community Church today to say goodbye to 13-year-old Hunter Holt, one of three victims in a weekend fatal wreck near the Buster Boyd Bridge.

Hunter was remembered as a great athlete and a great friend, someone who always had a smile for those around him.

“It’s awesome to see the testimony Hunter had, the friendships,” said the Rev. Tony Trainer, youth minister at the church. Many of the teens who attended the service wore dress clothes, but others wore jeans or shorts. Many cried and hugged as they gathered outside the church. Others smiled as they remembered Hunter.

“He knew how to make anyone laugh,” said 14-year-old Nicole Elmiger. “He was just always really funny.”

Hunter, who played baseball and football, dreamed of being a wide receiver for the University of North Carolina, Trainer said.

The youth pastor said his most encouraging memory of Hunter is that he was a Christian.

“Because Hunter gave his life to Christ, this is a celebration service,” he said. “He’s with his creator, his savior.”

After the service, friends and family traveled to Fort Mill for the burial at Philadelphia United Methodist Church.Check back later for more.