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Community remembers teen killed in Fort Pierce crash that killed 5

Posted at 7:42 PM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 19:42:57-05

Trophies sit perfectly aligned atop a car in a Fort Pierce driveway. There is a framed certificate placed in between bowling balls marking a perfect game. Now,  they are mementos of a promising life cut short.

Anthony Martin was one of five people killed Friday night after a crash at the intersection of Midway Road and South 25thStreet.

"He was a wonderful kid. He loved his family and he loved to play around. He loved school and he loved his friends," said Shirley McCormick, Anthony's aunt.

The family hasn't broken the news to Anthony's two-year-old sister, who Anthony recently began teaching to bowl.

Over at St. Lucie Lanes, Anthony's accomplishments are on the wall. He came here twice a week since he was very little.

"His grandmother bowled and he just followed up with that and he was so natural at doing it, so talented that he couldn't deny the sport because he was just so good," said Melissa Goodrich with St. Lucie Lanes.

Beyond bowling, it was Anthony's smile that friends and family will remember most.

"Anthony was a kid who always walked around with a smile on his face. I'm sure the night the Lord called him home, he had a smile on his face," said his uncle Willie Wilson, Jr.

St. Lucie Lanes has raised more than 5-thousand dollars so far for the family and is holding a raffle this week, with every dollar donated matched by the alley.

The driver that rear-ended the vehicle Anthony was in, 21-year-old Tanner Ray Dasher, is hospitalized. Investigators are looking into whether alcohol played a role in the crash.