GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Students at D.H. Conley High School mourned the loss of Devantae Dortch Monday at the school, according to athletic director Rob Maloney.
Dortch drowned after jumping into the Tar River and not resurfacing Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. He was found at 5 p.m. submerged in water.
Monday, some students decorated Dortch's locker and others raised money from people driving in to drop off kids at school. Those students were directed to stop raising money in that manner due to security reason, but they still plan on raising money for Dortch's funeral.
"We do have a process for it and we ask that students go through the educational foundation to donate the funds," said Brock Letchworth, PIO for Pitt County Schools. "They will in turn then send them back to cover the cost of funeral or whatever arrangements for the family,"
NewsChannel12 talked with several of Dortch's teammates and friends.
"Devantae was a really good guy," said Dylan Johnson, Dortch's friend. "He was always uplifting, always put people in a better mood. People liked to be around him. It was a terrible, terrible thing to have lost him."
Students said they raised about $200.
"We're trying to raise money because his family couldn't quite afford a funeral today," said Brenden McLean, Dortch's teammate. "I know there's other people trying to get involved with anything they need. Just trying to help out in any way they could."