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Every day Hephzibah High School's boys and girls soccer team gather on the field for practice. But tonight, they come together for a candle lit vigil to remember their teammate.
"I would've wanted to go to the playoffs with him again, because Lord knows who's going to go this year," said A'lajauan Lewis, one of Goodwin's teammates. "With the amount of goals he already scored."
A talented athlete and excellent student,Nicholas Goodwin, 15, died Saturday night. Richmond County investigators say Goodwin was riding his dirt bike when he hit a metal cable strung between two trees. The cable was to keep unauthorized cars off of the private property. Goodwin was able to walk home after the accident, but told his parents he was having trouble breathing. The coroner says Goodwin suffered a crushed trachea and collapsed lungs in the accident. He was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.
"I was just heartbroken. I was shocked," Lewis said.
"He was a great kid," said Jonathan Martindale. "I mean, we're not supposed to pick favorites, but he was one of my favorites. You know people say that after someone passes, but this is legitimate. He really was that great of a guy."
"He was a good guy," said Tommy Griffin, another teammate of Goodwin's. "He always liked to have fun, kept a positive attitude, and just a good friend."
At the emotional vigil, Hephizbah High, students, faculty and his family honored Goodwin with a lap around the track, then sending mini hot air balloons to the sky; saying their final farewells.


The Richmond County Coroner's Office confirms the death of a teen over the weekend.

Officials say Nicholas Goodwin was killed Sunday after a dirt bike accident in Hephzibah. Officials say the 15 year old was thrown from his dirt bike on Horseshoe Circle. He was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center where he was pronounced dead in the shock trauma unit.

No autopsy will be performed.


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