Edwin Rogers (right) is pictured with Grayson Ray.
North Iredell High student remembered for caring spirit, love of Hawaiian shirts
BY BRANDY TEMPLETON
Friends of Edwin Alejandro Rogers gathered Tuesday evening at The Cove Church in Statesville to share stories about the teen and comfort each following his death.
Rogers, 16, died Sunday after the Ford pickup truck he was driving crossed the center line and hit a tree and a fence.
Tears and hugs were abundant as friends and loved ones shared memories of the teen who brought joy to their lives.
"I think all of us agree that anywhere you would go he would walk into a room and you couldn't be mad," student Lindy Sparks said.
Brenna Hicks spoke about Rogers' love for Hawaiian shirts and playing his ukulele.
"He looked like a dad," she laughed. "He loved life so much -- no matter what, he could make you smile."
The North Iredell High School sophomore enjoyed playing in the school's marching band and also serving at The Cove.
Cove members spoke about how Sunday was his last day of service.
Christy Edwards, the church's kids director, cried as she spoke of Rogers' heart to serve.
"He would serve whoever and however," she said. "The coolest part about him was he was genuine, and he truly loved life."
Rogers never questioned a task -- he would just do it, Edwards explained.
"He would do anything I asked to help, whether it was running the store or the soundboard," she said.
Right before he left church on Sunday, the teen smiled as he showed Edwards his new driver's license.
"Edwin was the real deal. He touched my life and I'll always remember him," she said.
Another adult described him as "one big bundle of pleasantness with a big heart to serve."
Cove member Debbie Cleary said Rogers was "someone who had a heart of gold and would keep you laughing."
Student Brian Alcantara wept as he spoke about Rogers' friendship. He enjoyed spending time at church camp with the teen last summer, when the boys shared a cabin and went swimming together.
Alcantara recounted Rogers' bravery when he helped save another's life in the water.
"He jumped right in to save R.J.," he said. "I never met anyone as loving and caring as Edwin."
West Iredell High student Wesley Lytton, who attended West Middle Middle with Rogers, had good memories of his friend.
"We played on the same team," he said. "We walked everywhere together."
Others remembered him as a young man who "lit up a room" and "made a difference."
Edwards told those who gathered to learn from Rogers' example.
"Edwin loved no matter what," she said. "The one thing we can do for him is be better."
A celebration of Edwin Rogers' life will be held at The Cove in Statesville on Saturday, May 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. His family requests that those attend wear a Hawaiian or colorful shirt in the teen's honor.
Read the Obituary for Edwin Alejandro Rogers at: www.svlfreenews.com/obits