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Learning of deaths came as much shock

January 4, 2014

Smith

Sportswriters get to meet many special people as they go about their business on a daily basis.
It came with very much shock and sadness to learn that two people that I have met along my journey passed away recently.
Omis Avant, a devoted supporter of Starkville High School athletics and community in general, and Dave Martin, an Associated Press photographer in Alabama, lost their lives right at the close of 2013.
After the final day of the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump Christmas Tournament, Avant and his wife Beverly were on their way home.

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