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Don't live your life afraid: In memory of Xavier Hines

There comes a certain point in everyone’s life when they have to grieve the loss of someone. Admittedly, death is something that no one can escape, and it is due to the same reason of inevitability, that living a meaningful life is of vital importance.

2019 OHS graduate Xavier Hines, who was majoring in Business at UC, was a member of

Esquire, a teenage service club sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He wrestled in high school and was a member of the Service Club in his high school as well as in college.

Sunday, Jan. 26, marked a devastating day in the lives of the friends and family of Xavier. He had been battling asthma for years, and his untimely passing happened shortly after he had an asthma attack.

“My friends and I were all with him that night, and hours later he was not with us anymore. We found out the next morning that he’d died,” a friend of Hines and 2019 OOHS graduate Maddie Erickson. Double check her graduating year is correct.

Xavier was a delightful teenager. He made everyone around him happy through his infectious enthusiasm and extraordinarily charming smile.

Erickson explained that Hines was the type of person to light up any room he walked into. “His laugh was one thing that always made people feel better too. It was a pretty special laugh that I will always be reminded of him,” she said.

Hine’s other friend, 2019 OOHS graduate Nolan Brooks, also speaks about his unmatched energy and specifically, his never-ending love for dancing. He was truly the life of the party.

“Xavier was always dancing. No matter what. Music playing or not, he’d dance,” Brooks said.

Xavier is tremendously missed, not only by his friends but also his family. He was a middle child with an older sister and a younger brother. His siblings, alongside his parents and other family members are all utterly heartbroken by his passing.

His mother Mrs. Tramise Hines, who has been inflicted with excruciating pain said that Xavier was the type of son that “made it easy to be a parent,” and that there was nothing more she missed about him than “his presence as a whole.”

Hines’ father, Dr. Keith Hines and Tramise said that Xavier always made them feel unquestionably proud. For Keith, it was a sense of pride that partly came from the uncanny resemblance between him and his son.

Alongside their comparable resemblance, Keith said, “There’s a lot of characteristics I saw in myself that I wanted for him to have had.” He described Xavier as someone who “puts forth tremendous effort in everything he did.”

Having battled a lifelong condition and all the precautions that came with it, Xavier always strove to live a life that amounted to an equal level of fun and work. He was passionate about having a balance, working just as hard as he played.

Tramise even remembered Hines always telling her that “he wasn’t going to live his life afraid,” just because he was sick. “he enjoyed life, and he didn’t live afraid.”

Xavier’s passing is one that really hits home for OLSD. Besides being known throughout the district, his family is also very vested into OLSD. His sister, Gabrielle Stribling, works at Liberty Middle School. His brother Alexander, is a sophomore at Olentangy High. And lastly he has two nephews, Armani and Amir who attend Arrowhead Elementary.

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