Kacie Chamberlain Laid To Rest

DURHAM – The Orange High School community rallied together again Friday, at the end of a terrible week, to say goodbye to Kacie Chamberlain, one of two students who died in a tragic car wreck at the end of the year. Chamberlain and Chase Underhill died on Saturday night after Underhill lost control of his vehicle on Little River Church Road in northern Orange County. Chase and Kacie were only 16 years old. Kacie’s family and friends laid her to rest on Friday at a funeral in Durham’s New Horizon Church. Chase Underhill’s funeral took place just two days before. Orange High School principal Jason Johnson says the students and staff have held together as well as can be expected, but it’s been a wrenching week nonetheless. “It’s always tough,” he says. “I mean, when you lose a child–it’s always devastating. This community’s very tight-knit–you talk about a very caring community here–and it just crushed everybody.” In the aftermath of the accident, the Orange community came together almost instantly—creating a Facebook page and YouTube videos in memory of Chase and Kacie, as well as a makeshift memorial at the site of the crash itself. And at Orange High School—where students just returned this week from their winter break—Johnson says counselors have been on hand to help students and staff cope with their grief, with special attention to those who...

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