Community mourns loss of Tate High student and sister

    Source: Tate High Aggie Football

    Tate High School is mourning the loss of a 15-year-old student-athlete.

    Sophomore Sean Banks played varsity football, as well as basketball and baseball, for the Aggies.

    Sean was killed early Saturday morning in a DUI-related crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. His sister, 22-year-old Antoinette McCoy, was also killed in the collision.

    FHP said McCoy and Banks were killed when they were struck by a car driven by 24-year-old Hunter Black. He's been arrested on two counts of DUI manslaughter.

    Anthony Johnson and his wife called 911 after witnessing the crash.

    "I seen it all happen. The only three cars that were on the road was the burgundy car, silver car, and my car was behind it. It’s tragic, now we have two families that will go through a lot of pain," Johnson said.

    As news of the teen's death spread condolences began pouring in on social media.

    "When they was leaving, I was praying for those two individuals because when they left the scene they were alive, but this morning I found out they didn't make it," explained Johnson.

    Tate High School Principal Richard Shackle says Banks had a 3.91 GPA and was recently named Student of the Month.

    Shackle also said Antoinette McCoy was Sean's older sister and along with his mother one of his biggest supporters.

    The Facebook page called Tate Aggies Basketball 2018 – 2019 posted the following statement about Sean and Antoinette:

    We are saddened to say that last night we lost Sean Banks, a varsity basketball player, and his sister Antoinette McCoy to fatal car accident involving a drunk driver.
    Sean Banks was an outstanding young man. Sean also played Baseball & Varsity Football for Tate. He was a very bright student with a 3.91 GPA, who was also a member of Tate's Academic Team. He recently was named student of the month at Tate High School. Sean was a very gentle and kindhearted young man, who enjoyed helping others.
    Antoinette McCoy was Sean's older sister and one of his biggest supporters. Antoinette was a very kind and generous young woman with a great love for her family. She spent many nights in the stands along with her mother cheering on her brother and our Aggies.
    The Tate Aggie Basketball Family loved them both and they will truly be missed.

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