Classmates remember a Central Unified teen killed in crash

FRESNO, Calif.

Wednesday, Wright was remembered as a happy and outgoing teenager who always tried to make others smile. "There was never a moment where he couldn't make you laugh. Every moment he was telling jokes and putting you in a better mood," said former teammate Dustin Axt.

Wright died Tuesday after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a power pole. The vehicle then flipped and landed upside down. Wright's three passengers were also injured, but they've since been released from the hospital. The crash happened just a block away from Central High School's West Campus, where Wright had been driving to pick up his little sister.

Wednesday, students at both campuses shared memories of the teen. The district's superintendent said by Wednesday afternoon, 150 students had already sought counseling in the school's library. "Everybody has an opportunity to receive counseling. We've changed everything we've done today to make sure everybody's taken care of," said Central Unified Superintendent Michael Berg.

Central High School Senior Shakiem Barbel described Wright as a warm hearted person. "He's always there to help people and just make you smile if you're down. He's just a great guy," said Barbel.

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