STONEVILLE, NC- A Stoneville family is coping with the loss of 16-year-old Celine-Ali Alamiri following a car crash Friday night.
Highway Patrol said the McMichael High School junior was driving on NC-68 near Lauren Road just before midnight when he crossed the center line and crashed into a SUV head on. He died at the scene.
"That just dropped in my heart right there and then," Alamiri's sister, Karina, said.
Karina said it feels like a bad dream.
"Ever since we were born, me and him were best friends," she said.
She said her brother made friends easily, from football and basketball to track, cross country and the mountain bike club.
"If they were having a bad day, he just encouraged them, motivated," Alamiri's mother, Carol, said.
Fighting tears, Carol said she'll miss her son's infectious laugh.
"When he walked in the room, he just had such a presence," she said. "He always lit up a room with his smile."
Alamiri leaves behind his parents and six siblings.
While it's hard for them to cope with his loss, Karina said it's a little easier knowing so many others are sharing in their grief.
"I feel a lot better knowing about how many people cared about him," she said. "And knowing how many people continue to care about him and our family."
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