At A Loss; Tribute to Lamont
This week we lost apart of the wrestling community and family.
Lamont Burt was pulled from the water just after 8 p.m. Authorities confirmed Burt was a teenager, but declined to release his age. Emergency crews responded to the scene of a possible drowning in a quarry on the Eno River along the Durham-Orange County line just before 5 p.m. Video from Chopper 11 showed divers in the water and a group of swimmers on the banks. Via ABC11.
It is never easy to say goodbye to a brother.
Lamont was a friend, a teammate, a wrestling brother, but above all else, he was family. What happened last night was tragic; an awful thing that many of us are struggling to understand. It will take time to heal the pain of this loss, but we must remember that we are family; all of us, regardless of team or club, we are one big family. We must stick together and help each other through our grief.
No one deserves a tragedy, but …tragedy and pain are part of life. We are all better people for having known Lamont; and the price to be paid for these relationships is grief when they are cut short. I know that many of you are struggling to find answers to questions about why this happened. From my experience, I believe that in times such as this, there are no answers, and that we are forced to simply take solace in knowing that this is all part of a greater plan.
Remember to always take care of each other, as I know you are and continue to do so until the time comes that we are each called to join Lamont on the other side.
-Coach Alex Johnson
We are sorry to inform the Dynamic wrestling family that Lamont Burt passed away yesterday in a tragic accident. Lamont was a leader, mentor, friend and brother to many in our community. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers as they go through this difficult time.
-Coach Stan Chambers
Lamont Burt , we had so many plans in the near future. We had so many things yet to accomplish. You were literally like a brother, one of the only guys that actually acknowledged my existence when I started to wrestle at Sanderson. To think we were going to wrestle at the same college. You were above and beyond the average, to many, not only to me. I still can’t believe you’re gone. You’ve been around always when I felt down and just knew what to say to get me to smile and ju…st keep pushing harder. I know well you were going to beat me at reaching our goals faster, but I promise I will keep you in my heart and reach all of the goals I told you about. You were my brother and I never would have imagined this to happen, ever. I was so excited when I found out we would be going to the same college, and I knew you were stoked about it also! I will always keep you close Lamont. I’ll never forget you, this is a door I never want to close.
It is truly shocking that you are gone and I am crushed by the news. I want you to know that you have positively effected me and the many others you have crossed paths with. You pushed me to be the best on the Mat. I will never forget you and you will always have a place in my heart. Rest in peace Lamont.
Rest in peace Lamont. I remember wrestling with you back in December and showing you some of my funk. You’ll be missed!
Theses are just a few of the many tributes to Lamont and his memory. Lamont Burt was so many things to so many people and he brightened everyone’s day. During his senior year he was 5th in the NCHSAA State Tournament, a feat that didn’t happen on luck, but hard work and determination. You are with God now Lamont and will be missed until we see you again.