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Vigil held for teens killed in wreck

Three teens who died after a high-speed car wreck were remembered at a church vigil Saturday night in Albemarle.

Driver Tevis Swaringen and passengers Justin Cowen and Adrico Lilly died at the scene of the two-vehicle collision on N.C. 128 near Kimrey Road, about three miles south of Albemarle.

Swaringen, Cowen and Lilly were all 17, rising seniors at Albemarle High School and members of the school's football team. Swaringen and Cowen were cousins and members of Saints Delight Holiness Church, where hundreds gathered Saturday.

Troopers say Swaringen was speeding on Thursday, going more than 85 mph in a 55 mph zone. He took a curve too fast, ran off the road and overcorrected, T-boning a truck. The driver of the truck was unharmed.

A fourth passenger in Swaringen's car, DeAngelo Martin, 18, remained in critical condition late Saturday at Carolinas Medical Center near uptown Charlotte.

The wreck has shaken the town of Albemarle, said the Rev. Marcus Fairley of the church.

“It's important for everyone to come together when a tragedy such as this has happened in the community,” he said. “And the school system has pulled together, as well as the churches and families of the friends. We're a tight-knit community and when something like this happens, we just want to be there for support for each other.”

Willie Jones said Swaringen was his best friend. The two had plans to live together during college.

“I'm gonna miss him very much. He was like my brother,” Jones said, adding that the two had “been through everything together.” WCNC-TV contributed.

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