Remembering Mikey Maddox, teen cyclist killed in NE Charlotte

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Family and friends gathered Sunday night to remember 18-year-old Mikey Maddox.

“I’m out here so I can feel the energy and all the love of everyone who loved him because we’re just trying to support Mikey and make him live forever,” said a teammate of the victim.

On Sunday, the teenager’s loved ones had a celebration of his life. Dozens came together at Reedy Creek Park where the teenager played many basketball games.

Maddox was a standout athlete at former high schools in CMS. He had dreams of joining the NBA.

Those dreams were cut short early Saturday morning, when the teen was riding his bike on Old Concord Road in northeast Charlotte. A car hit and killed him.

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The loss has been painful to the victim’s father.

Derrel Harris, who identified himself as Maddox’s dad, has been struggling to accept that his son is gone. He has a message to all teenagers.

“I hope other kids see that life is short and that you have got to take advantage of every chance you get. You’ve got to,” he said.

Funeral arrangements are still being made.

Maddox had one more year of schooling left before he intended to take his talents to the college level. He transferred out of CMS, but previously played basketball at Rocky River and Vance High.

He also played on competitive basketball leagues including Team United and Team Charlotte.