Bay High’s Class of 2006 has had more than its fair share of tragedy, and alumni from that class gathered at Friday night’s football game to make sure their fallen classmates have not been forgotten.
The alumni, led by their class president, Trevor Adam, held a pregame ceremony on the field and released balloons in honor of three fellow alumni who have died unexpectedly since their graduation.
“Two were murdered, and one died in a car accident,” Adam said. “This class has really dealt with a lot.”
The ceremony memorialized Brennan Delcuze, Nick Patterson and Kristina Quintini.
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Delcuze, of Waveland, was 22 when he died in a fiery crash on Lower Bay Road in Lakeshore on Oct. 5, 2009.
Just days later, on Oct. 8, 2009, Patterson was murdered by an acquaintance who later pleaded guilty and is now serving a life sentence. Patterson was also 22 at the time.
Most recently, Quintini was found shot to death alongside her boyfriend in their Bay St. Louis home July 30. The couple’s 6-month-old daughter had also been shot but has made a full recovery. The man accused in the shootings has been charged and is awaiting trial.
Relatives of Delcuze and Patterson attended Friday’s ceremony, as did friends of Quintini. Quintini’s best friend, Madeline Drake, released balloons in her memory.
“It’s the first time I’ve actually felt a good feeling,” Drake said following the ceremony. “It’s a good thing people are recognizing that it’s a problem to have so many classmates die so young.”