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Raleigh school mourns loss of classmate killed in wreck

Posted May 6, 2009

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— Students at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School held a memorial service Wednesday morning to remember a classmate killed in a wreck.

"They seem to be dealing with it very well," Principal Beulah Wright said. "They've been very, obviously, visibly supportive of each other."

Kevin Jones Classmates mourn student's death

Raleigh police said senior Kevin Jones, 18, was killed at lunchtime Tuesday when the driver of the car he was traveling in collided with another vehicle on Sunnybrook Road. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

Friends described Jones as a respectable, down-to-earth student who loved basketball.

Debbie Smith, the mother of senior Jonathan Jerel Smith, who was a passenger in the car, said her son was devastated.

"It's just not anything he's ever going to get over," she said. "He's just going to have to get through it. And we all have to get through it. It's just tough."

Smith added the entire school community would need time to heal. "We're very much in prayer for those kids," she said.

The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, and police have not said whether charges would be filed.

Jonathan Smith, 18, Louis Owen Walker Jr., 17, and Jabari Dickson, 19, as well as the driver of the car, Chadius Watson, 18, were injured in the wreck. All but Walker, a junior, are seniors.

The driver of the other vehicle, Susan Mann, 44, a nurse at the school, was also injured.

Watson and Walker were listed in good condition at WakeMed Wednesday afternoon; Dickson was listed in critical condition. Smith and Mann were treated and released from the hospital.


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