Harrison’s friends and coworkers said his achievements in life were just the backdrop to what he did best: caring about others.

He was a big guy with a big heart, friends said.

Tyrone Harrison, a vice principal in the New Brunswick Public Schools district, was walking from the Edison train station to a relative’s house Saturday night when a street racer allegedly hit him with his car, and sped off.

It was a tragic end to what friends say was a life full of service to others. Harrison was a Ohio State University football player before becoming a special education teacher and then a vice principal at New Brunswick High School.

The 49-year-old resident of the Somerset section of Franklin Township was working toward becoming a principal in the district, and seemed to have a bright future in education ahead of him, according to the district.

But, his friends and coworkers said his achievements in life were just the backdrop to what Harrison did best: caring about others, especially the students who walked the hallways of his school.

“… he was huge and big in stature,” New Brunswick Public Schools Superintendent Aubrey Johnson said. “He was such a kindhearted (person). Very humble, soft when he spoke to kids and individuals. He was like a big teddy bear.”

Street racer charged in death of New Brunswick educator

Freddy Garcia, 21, of Piscataway, allegedly lost control of his Honda Accord while street racing with several others and struck and killed Harrison, officials from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office said.

Garcia was charged Thursday with manslaughter, causing a death while driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident, it was previously reported.

Employees and students of the school district are still struggling to come to terms with Harrison’s sudden death. District authorities said they made grief counselors available.

“It’s hard to cope with, but they’ve come together as a school community,” Johnson said. “They’re planning something later on to pay tribute to him.”

Family and friends will gather Monday for memorial and funeral services.

Harrison was a vice principal at New Brunswick High School from 2006 to 2017, and then recently transferring to become vice principal of McKinley Community School, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school. He made the transition to help him prepare to become a principal, according to Johnson.

“I visited the (McKinley) staff two days ago,” Johnson said. “The staff said …read more

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‘He was a big teddy bear.’ Community mourns vice principal killed in hit-and-run

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