Hundreds Gather To Mourn Loss Of Westerville South Student


UPDATED: Thursday December 12, 2013 11:37 PM

Family and friends try to cope with the sudden loss of a Westerville South student, who collapsed after basketball practice Wednesday night.
 
Hundreds gathered at the high school, where family and friends had an emotional and heartfelt vigil to remember 17-year-old Christopher Randolph.
 
"I had to pay my respects to him. That's the least I could do. of all things, everybody here. He deserved that," said Westerville South student Jason Adjiman.
 
Despite the bitter cold, the warmth of love was all around. Adjiman, was one of many, who shared memories of a classmate they just lost.
 
"He's just a smart kid. He did nothing wrong. Everybody was just cool with him and for something like this to happen to him is kind of unfair," said Adjiman.
 
The pain of Randolph's death brought tears, hugs, and several family members to their knees, including his own mother.
 
"For us to hear this is one of the saddest things a mother can hear, something like this, a 17 year old, life is too short," said Randolph's aunt, Martina Mansaray.
 
"Yesterday, he was a very active individual and he talked to his mom before. Mom dropped him to school and he said, I love you mom," said Randolph's uncle, Zachariah Mansaray. "It's terrible. It's a very sad news to the community,"
 
"The wildcat family is a strong family. It's the second death in one month. And it's pretty scary for a school, especially a group of youth, so it shows a lot of love," said Westerville South student, Fadumo Jama.
 
Randolph's cause of death is still unknown.  An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

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