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A small community in South Carolina is heartbroken after a 16-year-old varsity football player was killed in a car crash on Thursday night.

Ellis Hawkins, 16, was killed just outside of Blythewood,, South Carolina, the school district confirmed.

WLTX-TV reported that Hawkins was a passenger in a car with two other teenagers that went out of control for an unknown reason and hit a second car. Hawkins was riding in the back seat, wearing his seatbelt, and was the only person killed in the crash.

Hawkins was a 6-foot-two, 240 pounder who had 36 total tackles in eight games last season. MaxPreps ranked him as the 66th-best prospect in South Carolina. He also played on the basketball team.

The outpouring was almost immediate.

Ray Marcano About the author:
Ray grew up in the Bronx, New York, so no surprise --- he's a lifelong New York Yankee fan. He's suffered through the last 40 years of bad New York hoops (he's a Knicks fan) and gets occasional giggles from the Rangers (NHL finals last year!).  In addition to his ...Read more
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