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06/27/05

Teen Charged in Death of Teacher and Son

Bryan County authorities have formally charged a teenager in the death of an elementary school teacher and her five-year-old son. Investigators say 19-year-old Jack Barfield killed 36-year-old Ginger Reagin and her son Garret in April.

Barfield's Chevy Tahoe crossed the center line in US Highway 280 in Bryan County, right outside the town of Pembroke, and slammed head on into their car.

We spoke with Garret's father Stephen Reagin today, who was in Iraq when Garret was killed.

Stephen will never know what kind of man his little boy would have made. "I received a phone call and I was told, I had to be told something really bad and that Ginger and Garret had been in an accident and they were gone," he told us.

Stephen never knew that when he left for Iraq in January it would be the last time he'd ever see his son alive. "I'd call every weekend and spend time talking to him and his mom. For the past few weeks, all he could talk about is how his Mommy was going to take him to see Star Wars on his birthday. He was so excited he was going to see Star Wars."

Garett would have turned six last month, but instead of taking him to see his favorite movie, watching him open his presents and eat birthday cake, his family gathered where he died and remembered the good times.

"He was my little boy, we would always go and do stuff together," Stephen said.

Police investigators say Garret and his mother died instantly when Barfield swerved across the center line, hitting them head on. Now two months later, Barfield has been charged with their deaths.

What will be Barfield's fate? No one knows yet.

As for Stephen, all he has left to remind him of his little boy are pictures and memories of the times they shared together. "He was my heart," he said.

The judge released Barfield on his own recognizance. The grand jury doesn't meet until November. That's when they'll decide whether to indict him.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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