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A life cut short: ‘She was one of the good ones’

A life cut short: ‘She was one of the good ones’

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GREENSBORO — Linsay Lunsford should have been back at UNCG on Monday morning, ready to walk to the last day of class before exams.

She never made it.

So her friends made the walk to class for her, one last time.

Holding hands, they quietly crossed the campus Tuesday evening as darkness fell.

As they walked by classrooms where she’d always sat in the front row, past the dorm where she was quick to make friends, along sidewalks lined with lights, they talked about a life cut short.

They talked about a smile that could make your day, about someone who kept her head up when things went wrong, about someone who they had no doubt would spend her life helping others.

“Everything she did, she did it 110 percent,” said Angela Caruso, who got to know Lunsford as a residence life coordinator. “I remember how much she loved being here. I remember how much she loved school. She was one of the good ones.”

Lunsford died Saturday when a driver being chased by police slammed into her car in her native Granville County, killing her, her 9-year-old sister Maggie, and the other driver.

Those who knew her said Lunsford, who was 18, had talked about returning to Granville County to teach after she graduated.

She loved kids. She wanted to do things for them, whether it was volunteering at the Greensboro Children’s Museum or raising awareness about children caught in conflict in Africa.

Friends who went to high school with her said she was an inspiration to those looking to do something great with their lives.

“Hope in our town is not something you hear often. Your options are limited,” UNCG student Jaleesa Whitley said. “She gave people ... hope to do better things.”

So on a day when Lunsford should have been studying and looking forward to going home for Christmas, her friends held hands in a circle outside the dorm room where she lived for less than a semester, and they remembered her.

“I think of her hair pulled back in a ponytail, I think of her pink sweatshirt with ‘UNCG’ on it, and I think of her smile,” Caruso said.

Contact Jason Hardin at 373-7021 or at

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