Fatal car accident claims life of incoming senior


Serra Raquel, Entertainment Editor

During the summer, the BC community was saddened to learn of the death of incoming senior Malaysia Porter, a popular athlete on the girls basketball team, due to a single-vehicle crash.

According to reports in “The Record” the automobile accident happened around 2:05 p.m. in the number one southbound lane just north of Eight Mile Road.

The back tire of the vehicle blew out causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, spin out of control, and overturn. There were five people in the car, including Malaysia’s grandmother, Corenea Baker, who was also fatally ejected from the vehicle. No other cars were involved.

“Malaysia Porter was determined, smart, loving, hilarious, and beautiful in every sense of the word,” the BCHS seniors account posted on Twitter. “As a family we know one thing though. She hasn’t left us. Malaysia is still in our hearts and with us through the rest of our lives. She’ll be with us at every basketball game, every track meet, and when we graduate together. Malaysia will always be with us because she is our family and our love for her will never cease.”

Malaysia was known on campus for being very nice and patient. She had told counselor Ren Pham-Peck that she had plans to go UCLA as pre-med to become an OBGYN.

“She had an infectious smile and enormous bear hug that would take your breath away. But it was all love,” Malaysia’s mother, Cynthia Omobolaji, said.

“She always looked after me, especially working a 12 hour shift at the hospital,” Omobolaji said. “I would come home, make her something to eat and go to sleep. Malaysia knew not to open the door for anyone. She would check on me, making sure I’m okay and wake me up to get ready for work. She was a wonderful daughter.”

Not only was Malaysia kind, but she was also dedicated.

“That girl breathe, eat, and live basketball,” Omobolaji said.

At home, Malaysia would go on Youtube to watch women’s basketball and learn different moves to practice with her mother.
The Bear Creek girls basketball team organized a vigil for Porter on July 9 at 8:30 pm.

“In a time of great grief we as a community must band together to keep her vibrant legacy alive,” senior Rajan Nathaniel said in a post from the Bear Creek Bruins Twitter account.

Students gathered around one of the pillars in the Bear Creek parking lot across from the theater, a place where Malaysia would often stand after practices.

Students surrounded the pillar with candles, flowers and pictures. The community joined together in silence to honor Malaysia.
Upon returning to school, students and teachers continue to honor Porter’s memory and offer support for those who are still grieving her loss.

“I wanted to make the environment warm and welcoming for students when they came back to school,” English teacher Monie Rude said. She decorated her classroom with plants, tablecloths, and a basketball hoop in honor of Malaysia.

Rude also painted her classroom walls orange for the seniors to cheer up the room. However, Rude did not ask permission from administration, so the walls were repainted to their original color.

Rude didn’t have Malaysia as a student or know her personally, but still wanted to help her students through the process by bringing life and color into her room.

“If [students] feel like they are personalizing [Porter’s death] and it’s interrupting their daily life function, reach out and get help,” Pham-Peck said. “If they have questions or concerns about what happened, they can definitely talk to one of the counselors here.

Donations can be made to help Malaysia’s family on gofundme.com, through a fundraiser titled “In Memories of my Baby Malaysia.”