Detroit high school mourns student leader and athlete killed in crash, 2 others hospitalized

"He was everything we want our young men to be"

(WWJ) Grief counselors are on hand this week at Detroit's Pershing High School as students cope with the death of a popular classmate.

According to school officials, Ga’heime Griffin was killed and two other students were critically hurt in a traffic crash early Tuesday morning.

Nickolai Vitti, Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District, said the three were on their way home from a shift at McDonald's around 2 a.m. when the tragic accident occurred.

Griffin, whose mother allowed the district to release his name, was a Junior who leaves behind four siblings at Pershing.

Vitti said he knew Ga’heime personally, describing the teen in exceptional terms.

"He was a student who attended my student leadership council meetings. He was a beautiful young man who was already a leader. JROTC and athlete. He was everything we want our young men to be," Vitti said, adding: "Pershing, our district, the city, and the world lost a special young man today. If you didn’t know him then I promise you that you would have by the time he reached his 20s. Media, please tell everyone about Ga’heime."

The names of the other two students, also in the 11th grade, were not released. They remained hospitalized later Tueday in what Vitti described as "critical but stable condition."

It's unclear at this time what led up to the crash, or who was at fault. WWJ is awaiting more information from police.