Community grieving after Portal teen killed in 4-wheeler accident

Community grieving after Portal teen killed in 4-wheeler accident

PORTAL, GA (WTOC) - Relatives and classmates of a Bulloch County ninth-grader are grieving after a fatal accident over the weekend.

Trent Graham died after a 4-wheeler flipped off the road. His death leaves so many hurting, and touches so many in the community, but especially at school where everyone knew and loved him.

The school flag hangs at half-staff in memory of the 14-year-old. Lisa Mills is cousins with Trent's mom, and also a teacher at his school. She got the call from one of the other teachers.

"I thought, 'no way.' I'd just seen him the night before after the ball game, uptown at the store with his mom and my two daughters," Mills said.

The death is ripping apart a family that has already lost loved ones in tragic accidents - but Trent has been the youngest.

"He was always smiling, always grinning whenever you saw him. He loved life and loved outdoors. He loved to hunt, loved to fish," Mills said.

Trent's ninth grade classmates wore pink on Monday as a gesture to his mom. Lisa hopes they - as well as other teens - learn from Trent's death, and learn that tomorrow isn't promised.

"To be kind and to be loving to your friends and your family, and to help others, because you don't know when you'll need it or when it could be the last conversation you have," Mills said.

Bulloch County Schools made extra counselors available at the school Monday to comfort students through their grief.

Many gathered Sunday for a vigil to comfort each other and remember Trent.

"The kids being here at the balloon release, it was their idea. His freshman class came up with that idea. It was just so touching," said Mills.

A memorial was held Monday night at the Portal High School football stadium.

"Don't handle the sorrow all by yourself. Don't keep it in. Allow others to help."

A funeral will follow later in the week.

If you are interested in donating to the family of Trent for funeral funds, please click here to visit the GoFundMe page.

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