Two students lost their lives within 24 hours of each other over the Memorial Day Weekend.
Freshman Diante Taylor drowned at Natural Springs Resort on Monday, May 28, 2018. Taylor was swimming in the designated area in the quarry. Friends reported that Taylor went missing, and after a search, New Paris Police Chief Jeremy Schroeder was called. He then called the Richmond Fire Department dive team. Taylor’s body was recovered in the water and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
English teacher Damion Burns spoke about Taylor and his bright outgoing personality.
“Diante was one of my favorite students,” Burns said. “He wanted to know things and was never afraid to ask questions. Almost daily he would arrive to 7th period while I was still on my 6th period prep, and the two of us would just talk about whatever was on our minds. I looked forward to those conversations, and I will remember his bright personality, smile, and sense of humor. My thoughts are with his loved ones.”
Science teacher Sarah Hawley also spoke about Taylor’s personality.
“Diante was a sweet, funny, and kind young man,” Hawley said. “He was kind of like a kid brother personality, a little mischievous, but then he would give a goofy smile and you knew he was only kidding.”
Hawley also recalled how Taylor was kind to others.
“He was the kind of kid who stuck up for other people,” Hawley said. “Marissa Moore [one of Taylor’s peers] told me that everyone [was] picking on her during P.E. and he stuck up for her and got them to leave her alone. He will be missed and my heart is heavy with the loss of his light.”
Senior Tremell Carpenter died as a result of gunshot wounds after police were called to the Norwood Apartments shortly after midnight on Tuesday, May 29. When they arrived, they found Carpenter with at least 2 gunshot wounds in his abdomen according to the Palladium-Item. He was then taken to Reid Hospital and later flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. There are reports the shooting had a connection with conflicts on May 28th at Natural Springs Resort in New Paris, Ohio. During this confrontation seen on social media, Carpenter and others were seen arguing.
Radio TV teacher James Russell spoke about Carpenter’s smile. “He had a smile that would light up the room,” Russell said.
English teacher Emily Sherrow also shared the qualities she will remember of Carpenter.
“Tremell brought energy to everything that he did,” Sherrow said. “He brought love and passion, sharing and kindness.”
Sherrow also spoke on the selfless acts of Carpenter.
“He gave you his love,” she said. “He gave you his time, he gave you his heart and personality and strength and he did it not wanting anything in return. He simply wanted to make people happy and he did.”
Funeral arrangements will be published when they are announced.