"Once a pirate, always a pirate." That's the saying at East Carolina University.
Landon Blackley. Mandy Kelly. Cameron Griffin. Jenna Seagraves. They're just a few of the ECU students who died in the last 10 years.
Seagraves died in a tragic car crash in 2008. Her father and sister say not a day goes by where they don't think of her.
"My daughter had a paper that she wrote and turned in and less than 24 hours she was gone. But that paper was called "This I Believe"...she believed that she should live that life to the full. And she did," said David Seagraves.
Friday, dozens of people came together on campus to honor the fallen pirates with a statue.
"No matter how we lost our loved ones, it's a great comfort to know that the pirate nation is remembering them," said another parent, Nancy Ball.
The sculpture was not only made for the students but by a student. Art major, Trey Martin, designed and created it all.
"You get married. You have kids, become grandparents. Then you pass that torch on to the next generation and it just keeps going, but you know, sometimes, like in the instance of our circle it's broken," said Martin.
"You never appreciate how much those people mean to you until our time comes and unfortunately that can happen early and that can come at a time when our futures look brightest," said SGA president, Matt Paske.
It's a place of refuge for the entire pirate nation. After all, once a pirate…always a pirate.
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