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Lafayette Student Writes Emotional Rap Following Death of Classmate

Lafayette High School students have continued to mourn the loss of a classmate, and hope for the recovery of another.

Posted: Apr 24, 2018 10:59 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2018 11:18 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Lafayette High School students have continued to mourn the loss of a classmate, and hope for the recovery of another.

Two Lafayette seniors, Darius Harris and Evan Steele, were involved in a fatal car crash early Sunday morning along I-229. Steele was rushed to Mosaic Life Care while Harris was pronounced dead at the scene.

One Lafayette senior, D'Karee Gray, wrote a rap to describe the emotions surrounding the school after the tragic accident.

Gray said he was close friends with both Steele and Harris, and said Harris was like a cousin to him.

"It's easier to like him [Harris] than it is to dislike him," Gray said. "He was just friendly with everybody. All he wanted to do was laugh, talk, tell jokes. So, he was pretty much just positive all the time."

Gray described the current feeling at Lafayette as being somber, saying many students have taken advantage of the school's counseling services.

"If you've been to Lafayette for five days and you came back a day after this [accident] you'd be able to tell the difference in the building just from everybody being quiet, no one is talking as much, you know, people are crying, the counseling center is packed. Just stuff like that where you can tell something is going on," Gray said.

Gray said he often writes raps to express his emotions, but said he wasn't expecting the amount of feedback this particular rap received online.

"I didn't know that it was going to blow up the way that it did though. That wasn't my plan, I was just speaking for the way that I feel, and how I know teachers and other students and friends that I'm cool with at school feel about the situation," Gray said. "So, I just try and put my talent to affect in a positive way."

The video has received over 17,000 views on Facebook, and has been shared over 600 times.

"A lot of people at school have been telling me that they feel I have been speaking for them, and that they feel everything that I was saying - that they feel like I spoke for the whole Northside community," Gray said.

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