Former Clayton High Football Player Gunned Down In Durham

Moment Of Silence Held At Clayton High

Grief Counselors Available At CHS To Speak With Students 

A former Clayton High School football standout was shot and killed Monday night in Durham.   Trevor Malik VanDyke graduated from Clayton High School in 2019. He was a freshman this year at NC Central University where he was on the football team as a defensive back.

Durham Police said the shooting happened on Industry Lane near the college campus.   Police believe the shooting took place elsewhere and he was driven to Industry Lane where his body was found around 9:30pm.  The shooting does not appear to be random and his death is being treated as a homicide, according to a police news release.

NCCU Chancellor Johnston Akinleye said the shooting took place in an off campus apartment complex.

Trevor enrolled at NCCU after graduating last year from Clayton High. He missed more than half of his senior season with the Clayton Comets due to serious knee injury.

Friends say they will always remember his smile.  VanDyke was just 20 years old.

Johnston County Schools interim superintendent Dr. Ben Williams said, “Johnston County Public Schools offers our sincerest condolences to the family of Trevor Vandyke, a 2019 graduate of Clayton High School. We are saddened by this tragic event and are thankful for the support provided to the students and administration by the counselors at Clayton High School.”

Clayton High Principal Dr. Bennett Jones said, “Trevor had a smile that could light up any room. He was a popular student-athlete during his time at CHS. He worked hard to overcome adversity throughout his teenage years and had a bright future before him. The CHS community is saddened about his sudden loss and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends, and his former and current teammates.”

“Clayton High School held a moment of silence in Trevor’s memory this morning and has reached out to the family to offer assistance in any way that we can. We have also offered grief counselors for both our students and staff members to assist during this difficult time. The CHS family appreciates the outpouring of support and condolences sent to our students and staff on the loss of one of our own in the Comets family,” Dr. Jones said.