Remembering Cameron: Family, friends honor Hillcrest student’s legacy
By WVUA 23 News Reporters Ryan Gillin and Jabaree Prewitt
The Hillcrest High School community is mourning the loss of a student who died Thursday morning after surgery complications.
Cameron Prince, 16, was a well-loved student at Hillcrest, and students and teachers alike said he was a social butterfly with a love of photography and art.
On Thursday, Cameron was undergoing surgery to replace the batteries in his implanted defibrillator, a device similar to a pacemaker.
Cameron’s family said he was diagnosed with Long QT syndrome, an abnormal heart rhythm, at the age of 7.
Hillcrest High School Assistant Principal Brad Armstrong said the loss of a student leaves a hole that can’t be filled.
“Every time is difficult,” Armstrong said. “We don’t want it to get any easier because it has to do with how much we care for the kids. Cameron just had a huge impact on so many people at Hillcrest, that it really transcended the grade level, it will be impacted across the community.”
His family said they’re grateful for all the love and memories Cameron’s classmates and teachers have been sharing on social media.
“We have got an outpouring of love and support, even from people that we don’t know, but Cameron in some way has touched their lives,” said Tammy Prince, Cameron’s mother.
Cameron’s love for family, faith and Alabama football is evident throughout the Prince home, but photography was his No. 1 passion. He enjoyed creating beautiful, long-lasting memories for his subjects, and was already well on his way toward a career.
“It started with editing on a cellphone,” Tammy Prince said. “He wanted to make it bigger, so he stepped out on his faith and started his photography business.”
Cameron had his own website, had found more than 100 clients and took pictures for the Hillcrest football team.
Older brother Colvin Prince Jr. said he remembers Cameron for his enthusiasm, courage — and for being a bit of a jokester.
“My brother talked me into getting on the scariest roller coaster of my life, and he had a whole pacemaker,” Colvin Prince Jr. said. “That did not stop him from getting on rides and roller coasters.”
Cameron’s bedroom is a constant reminder of the life he lived; it’s covered in his favorite Bible scriptures and images of friends.
His favorite Bible scripture? Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
“He is peacefully resting with Jesus,” Tammy Prince said.
Cameron’s funeral will be held Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Full Gospel Baptist Church.