Community mourns high school student killed in a car crash in Polk County
Family, friends and a community are mourning 17-year-old Markell Lipscomb, who was killed in a car crash in Polk County on Friday afternoon.
Highway Patrol troopers said the driver of the car Lipscomb was in lost control and crashed into a tree.
Three days later, the scene of the crash was turned into a memorial for Lipscomb, with flowers and hand-written notes.
"This is crazy, bro. It really doesn't feel like Markell is gone," said Terry Hurst, one of Lipscomb's best friends.
Hurst and Brandon Bacher, another of Lipscomb's friends, were at the memorial set up at the scene.
"It just hits me that he's really gone and that I can't bring him back," Hurst said.
The two said when they they heard what happened they couldn't believe it.
"I saw him as a brother," Bacher said.
Hurst said he and Lipscomb had big plans.
"We had a goal to make it out of Tryon and do something with our lives and then come back and help Tryon become a better place," Hurst said. "That's what I'm going to do."
Another person caught off guard by Lipscomb's death was his uncle, Marshall Lipscomb, a firefighter and paramedic.
He said he heard scanner traffic about the crash the day it happened, but had no idea a family member was involved.
"I didn't want to believe it at first," Marshall Lipscomb said. "I was at a loss of thoughts and a loss of words. It just kind of hit me, because we were pretty close."
The funeral has been set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in the McFarland Funeral Chapel in Tryon. Burial will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, also in Tryon.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at McFarland Funeral Chapel.