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Graham Teen Killed In Car Accident

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Family, friends, and loved ones in the city of Graham are trying to grieve after an early morning crash ended the life of one of their own.

Candice Martin, a senior at Graham High School died early Wednesday morning when her 2002 Toyota Camry struck a 2011 Ford Truck head-on State Highway 67.

D.P.S. Trooper Tony Fulton said Martin was heading north bond and the other driver south bond when the two collided. The other driver was not injured in the crash.

Newschannel 6 spoke with people who knew Candice Martin on and off the field.

“First thing you’re going to miss is her smile and competitiveness,” said James Williams, Graham High School Assistant Softball Coach.

The senior athlete was counting the days to graduation, just over a month away. She just celebrated her 18th birthday and Tuesday night attended her sports awards ceremony.

“Not only did we lose a student athlete today, the whole school of Graham lost a fine young lady. She’s going to be missed dearly,” said Coach Williams.

Williams said Candice will live on through her teammates and believes it is teaching his players how to overcome adversity.

“Right now, we’re trying to fill our way. We kind of cancelled practice today, but the girls kept texting and calling so we decided to open it up,” said Williams.

The graduating senior played volleyball, basketball, softball and participated in track and field. She was supposed to compete in an area track meet in Springtown Wednesday. Instead, her teammate competed in her honor.

 “I know one young lady that is a softball player as well that instead  of high jumping under her name today, high jumped under Candice name at the track meet,” said Williams.

Candice Martin’s name and number which hangs in the outfield with the rest of her team is now a reminder that she has gone home.

“Life still has to go on, but we have to try and figure out how to go without Candice,” said Williams.

The Lady Blues softball team will have to play with heavy hearts on Friday in its last regular season game. Their first playoff game is Monday against Vernon.

Graham Independent School District Superintendent, Dr. Lane Ledbetter in a statement said,
“Candice touched to the lives of many at GISD and our community. She was actively involved in many extra-curricular activities; she was a vibrant student, an outstanding student athlete and a blessing to us all. We have grief counselors available for students and staff at all of our campuses. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this tragic time.”

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6