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even before the Heels took the floor on Friday night at the Meadowlands, the trip to NJ wasn't going well for them. The 21 year old kid who is the Ram mascot was hit by a car outside the team hotel in Fort Lee. He had been on life support since, and unfortunately has died today.

It makes no difference if you are a Heels fan or not, and are happy they lost yesterday. This story is horrible. Imagine being this kids parents. He goes to NJ for the Regional Finals as a mascot and gets hit by a car outside the team hotel before the 1st game, then dies 3 days later.

http://blog.nj.com/breakingnews/2007/03/man_who_wore_unc_mascot_suit_d.html

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As many of you probably know, Jason Ray (the UNC mascot) passed away this morning. While everyone here at UNC is extremely sad, it definitely puts last night's basketball game in perspective.

He was a senior in the undergrad program here at the business school, this was sent to me off Bill Simmons' site, pretty good read.

"I wanted to write you without my name or anything, just as a student of UNC. Our loss last night was tough -- some might say heartbreaking. But what's worse is that it may overshadow the death of a true Tar Heel. Jason Ray, our mascot, died this morning. He was the very first person I met at UNC. He was helping freshmen move into the dorms as a part of Intervarsity (a Christian ministry on campus). The elevators were all jammed up, so he helped me cart a refrigerator, futon, and all my other stuff (and girls have a lot of stuff) up NINE floors in the 100 degree heat. And he did it happily. We became friends and I spent a lot of time around him. He let me wear the ram head one time because I thought it'd be funny (even though I'm sure he wasn't supposed to). You've probably gotten a lot of e-mails about yesterday's game, but could you maybe mention Jason in your article, if only for a second. The world deserves to know who this person was. I don't just want him to be a 'UNC mascot dies' blurb on ESPN.com. He was such a good person. A true friend. What every Tar Heel should aspire to be."

RIP

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As many of you probably know, Jason Ray (the UNC mascot) passed away this morning. While everyone here at UNC is extremely sad, it definitely puts last night's basketball game in perspective.

He was a senior in the undergrad program here at the business school, this was sent to me off Bill Simmons' site, pretty good read.

"I wanted to write you without my name or anything, just as a student of UNC. Our loss last night was tough -- some might say heartbreaking. But what's worse is that it may overshadow the death of a true Tar Heel. Jason Ray, our mascot, died this morning. He was the very first person I met at UNC. He was helping freshmen move into the dorms as a part of Intervarsity (a Christian ministry on campus). The elevators were all jammed up, so he helped me cart a refrigerator, futon, and all my other stuff (and girls have a lot of stuff) up NINE floors in the 100 degree heat. And he did it happily. We became friends and I spent a lot of time around him. He let me wear the ram head one time because I thought it'd be funny (even though I'm sure he wasn't supposed to). You've probably gotten a lot of e-mails about yesterday's game, but could you maybe mention Jason in your article, if only for a second. The world deserves to know who this person was. I don't just want him to be a 'UNC mascot dies' blurb on ESPN.com. He was such a good person. A true friend. What every Tar Heel should aspire to be."

RIP

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This was a tragedy- it is important to keep sports and rooting for teams in perspective- they are meaningless to the important things in life.

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