UNC Mascot Dies; Was Hit Just Before Tournament Game

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Jason Ray, one of the students who portrayed Rameses, mascot for the University of North Carolina, died early Monday morning in New Jersey. Ray, a senior, had traveled with the men's basketball team to support them in their NCAA Sweet Sixteen showdown with the University of Southern California. He was hit by an SUV Friday afternoon as he walked back to his hotel after getting food at a convenience store, according to the Fort Lee Police Department.

The Daily Tar Heel describes Ray as a student who left a bright mark on campus. "He may have performed in the anonymity that comes with playing the mascot," says UNC's athletics director, "but his life has had an overt and lasting impact on the people whose lives he touched."