A former high school couple was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside a car parked behind a North Carolina elementary school on Sunday, a report said.
Investigators do not suspect “foul play” in the deaths of Britany Carolina Munoz Ramirez and Ailton Sebastian Tirado-Martinez, WRAL reported.
The pair, former 11th graders at Hoke County High School, were discovered behind Don Steed Elementary School in Hoke County, the report said.
Relatives told police the two used to date and remained amicable after their break-up.
Officials said Monday that their causes of death will likely be determined in the coming days. Friends of the two were heartbroken over the duel tragedies.
“I always saw him as a brother,” Leonardo Jimenez, one of Ailton’s best friends told the outlet.
“I wanted to be like him. I grew out my hair to be like him because he had curls. I always wanted curls,” Jimenez said.
Britany “was always smiling,” according to her friend Yenifer Luna Luna, who added the two “would always joke around.”
“She’s a church girl. She’s a good girl,” said Antonia Nunez, the mother of another distraught friend.
The superintendent of Hoke County Schools, Dr. Debra Dowless, addressed the deaths in a Facebook post shared by the district.
“Hoke County Schools joins our community in mourning the loss of two of our students, Britany Carolina Munoz Ramirez and Ailton Sebastian Tirado-Martinez who passed away early Sunday morning,” said Dowless.