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"RIP Cody" read the note attached to a bouquet of orange and red roses.
Watson, of Weaver, was the front-seat passenger in a small white car driven by Travis Beasley, also 17, of Weaver. Traveling north on Quintard, the vehicle left the roadway on the right and struck a metal light pole.
Witnesses helped pull the car's occupants out before the Nissan Maxima burst into flames.
Beasley and a third occupant, Cameron Mitchell, sustained broken bones and were taken to RMC.
All were students at Weaver High School.
Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown pronounced Watson dead at the scene at 12:10 a.m. this morning (Saturday).
As grieving friends watched, the car was towed from the crash site approximately 1 a.m.