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Berkeley schools mourn loss of Richardson brothers

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by Stacy Jacobson

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCIV) -- Hanahan High School students and teachers mourned the loss of two students Tuesday.

"I got the phone call from another coach Sunday morning. I knew. I said, 'I bet they're on their way to church,'" Coach David Pratt said.

Kelvin and Matt Richardson were on their way to church when their Jeep slid off the road and hit a tree Sunday. Both men died. But, above all, Pratt remembered their character.

"One of [Matt's] talents was he had a big heart and he worked extremely hard to be the best football player. Kelvin the same way," Pratt said.

He coached Matt in football and track, and Kelvin in track. Matt graduated in 2011. Kelvin was a junior this year.

Off the field, their coach said they both were close with family and always went to church.

"They were just good, young men. I was proud to be their coach," he said.

He hoped the grieving students could learn a lesson from the tragedy.

"Maybe the students will now think a little bit. Take that second or two to wear a seatbelt. And also to know life is precious. Don't take it for granted," he said.

Berkeley County officials also felt the loss beyond the doors of Hanahan High.

"In this county, when one of us is hurting, everyone is hurting. It's a family," said Goose Creek High School Principal Jimmy Huskey. 

"Believe me, they'll be missed. They'll be missed by me and everybody at Hanahan," Pratt said.

Kelvin and Matt Richardson's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hanahan High School.

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