Holden community mourns death of high school basketball player


HOLDEN, La. (FOX 44) (LOCAL 33) Haley Wascom received the phone call in every parent’s worst nightmare over the weekend. News that her 16-year-old son Nathan Raymond was killed in a car accident.

“I still feel like he’s going to pull up in the driveway any minute. It’s very hard,” Wascom said.

“It’s unbelievable. You know, it happens, but you never think it’s going to happen to you. Parents, Cherish your children because you don’t know when it will be your last day with them.”

Raymond was a beloved basketball player at Holden School.

“The kids are going through a lot, We are obviously going through a lot as teachers and staff, Nathan was a kid everybody loved,” Holden School Basketball Coach Landon Debois said.

Debois is trying to stay strong for his kids. “I still don’t really know what to tell him, and I told them that I don’t know what to tell you or what the right words are I just told them I love the,” Debois said.

Raymond’s mother is now left to reflect on the boy she raised and his love for his school and sport.

“He loved basketball. Breathed basketball. He loved his team mates, he loved Holden School he was just one of a kind,” Wascom said.

Wascom said her son was on his way to a masquerade ball that she was reluctant to let him go to when the accident happened because it was raining.

Coach Debois said Nathan was known school wide for his positive personality.

“Even the kids that knew him well are feeling a little heartbreak today,” Debois said.

“I loved him so, so much you know, I wish more than anything that he was still here because I don’t know how to live without him,” Wascom said.

Wascom said her son would have wanted her to be strong and for him, she will get through this.

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