EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School community was rocked by the news of former student Christiano Barbosa’s tragic death in a Thursday morning car accident on the Bryant University campus, where the 2013 EPHS grad had matriculated.
Mr. Barbosa, 18 and the son of former School Committee member Shannon Barbosa, was remembered as a “really nice kid, a smart kid” by EPHS Advanced Placement History teacher Gregg Amore.
Mr. Amore, 23 years a teacher as the high school, said word spread about the tragedy throughout the building by around noon time on Oct. 24. “He still has a lot of friends at the school,” Mr. Amore added.
He continued, “Christiano was a very good student, a really polite kid and funny. And not in a wise alecky way. He was smart. He was memorable because he had such a good personality.”
EPHS Science teacher and boys’ volleyball coach for the Townies Keith Martinous, for whom Mr. Barbosa played, echoed the sentiments of his colleague, saying “Chris was an extremely upbeat and emotional player. He brought a lot of heart to the team.”
Young Mr. Barbosa was also a member of the EPHS swim team.
“It’s a terrible thing,” Mr. Amore concluded, noting this is the fifth former EPHS he’s known personally to have past during his time as a teacher. “I was shaken up by it. I found out during a class, and I had to compose myself.”