Riley LaRue, a former basketball standout at East Forsyth High School and eldest son of Wake Forest legend Rusty LaRue, died Saturday in an automobile crash.
Sources with knowledge of the situation and close to the family confirmed that LaRue, 19, died.
The Journal had reported LaRue died near the campus of Cape Fear Community College, where he was a student in 2014-15. Corporal Kevin Getman of the New Hanover Sheriff’s Department said there were no recorded fatalities in New Hanover County.
David Hardin, the director of marketing and public relations, said LaRue is not enrolled at CFCC this year. Riley LaRue was born to Rusty and Tammy LaRue on Jan. 31, 1996, during Rusty LaRue’s senior season at Wake Forest. He was the first of four children, and was followed by brothers Cooper, 17, and Maverick, 15, and sister Clara, 11.
Rusty LaRue is a member of the Wake Forest Hall of Fame who served as assistant coach for the Deacons from the 2009-10 season through the 2013-14 season. He is a partner in the Dairi-O restaurant in Clemmons and was named head basketball coach at West Forsyth High School in June.
Riley LaRue was a co-captain of the basketball team at East Forsyth High School. He was also an honor-roll student and member of the National Honor Society. During his senior season of 2013-14, he explained his views of leadership.
“I think people need to understand the difference between being a leader and being a boss of people,” LaRue said. “The best analogy I can think of is a sled dog — you can either be that person behind them, whipping them, or you can be the one in the front leading them.
“You lead by example.”
The Eagles won the championship bracket of the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic that season. LaRue was named to the All-Tournament team.
A 6-4 forward, LaRue averaged 10.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4 assists his senior season.