Gay and Huff were pronounced dead at the scene, while their 14-year-old brother, Travis Isaacs, was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The boys’ uncle, Bryant Huff, told Channel 2 that the car hit the trees with so much force that it split in half. In a video he shared with the news station, all that was left of the vehicle was barely recognizable wreckage. Only the trunk area still resembled a car.
Isaacs, a football player at Langston Hughes High School, remains hospitalized after suffering a traumatic brain injury and has “a significant recovery ahead of him,” the family wrote in a GoFundMe campaign.
“He had a successful brain surgery, where they removed a portion of his skull to relieve some of the pressure,” Bryant Huff said.
In an update posted to their GoFundMe on Friday, the family said that recent brain tests and exams have been positive.
“He’s going to need a lot of therapy, he’s going to need a lot of surgeries,” Bryant Huff said. “It’s hell for all of us. It’s difficult for all of us.”
Family members said Gay had been adopted by his mother at the age of 4 and had “flourished into an intelligent, quick-witted young basketball star.” Cameron Huff, meanwhile, was in the process of applying to colleges as he was about to graduate from New Manchester High School, where he played football and ran track.
In a statement to Channel 2, Douglas County Schools Superintendent Trent North said they are “heartbroken by the loss of two of our young scholars.”
“Gabriel was a brilliant and cherished student with unlimited potential,” North wrote. “Cameron was a beloved classmate and talented athlete who also shared a limitless future.”
Funerals for the boys will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home on Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur. Repast will follow the service at 3056 Anvil Block Road in Ellenwood.
“Gabe and Cam, they were amazing,” Bryant Huff said.
Police said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
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