Rockledge High teen Corbin Graves killed in motorcycle crash; celebration of life scheduled

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Corbin Graves was known around Rockledge High School as a baseball player with a beaming smile. 

“If you were looking for the kid with a smile, that was him,” said Vice Principal Terri Kulaga of the 18-year-old student who had a passion for baseball. “He absolutely was somebody special. The kids liked him, everybody liked him.” 

Graves was killed in a motorcycle collision Sunday on U.S. 1 in Cocoa. He was traveling northbound, crossing the Rosa L. Jones Drive intersection, according to police reports.

Police said another driver was heading south on U.S. 1 and took a left turn to head east on Rosa L. Jones Drive when he collided into Grave’s motorcycle. Graves died as a result of his injuries.

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Family members and friends are expected to pay final respects to Graves with a celebration of life 11 a.m. Saturday at East Coast Christian Center, 680 Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the North Brevard Funeral Home, 1450 Norwood Avenue, Titusville. 

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Dewayne Carter, a coach at Rockledge High, posted a social media tribute to Graves.

“They say God has a plan for us all and trust in his decision but sometimes it is hard to understand the why. Corbin, you touched us all with your amazing attitude with life… Your smile was contagious,” Carter wrote in the post. 

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Grief counselors were at Rockledge High on Monday and Tuesday for any summer school students mourning the loss of their classmates, Kulaga said. 

Graves, who had recently made the baseball team, loved the game and his team.

“Even on the bench, he had this great smile,” Kulaga added. 

Contact Vazquez at tvazquez@floridatoday.com

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