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He died months ago, but his friends still text him. They always get a reply.

Aaron Barker was a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard for Olympic. He was fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 8.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Two years earlier, he played eighth-grade travel basketball on former Charlotte Hornets star Muggsy Bogues’ MB1 team. He died unexpectedly this year, but his friends still text him. His mother always replies.
mwalsh@charlotteobserver.com