Choctaw County Teen Dies

A west Alabama teenager has died from injuries suffered in a mishap in the Gulf of Mexico.

16-year-old Shemarkus Spears was caught in the surf while on spring break, and was hospitalized after being rescued. He died five days later.

His mother told The Choctaw Sun Advocate that Spears was standing in the water when the tide came in and a rip current carried him away from shore.

Spears was a sophomore at Choctaw County High School, where he was captain of the football team.


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  • by Meridian Location: Meridian on Apr 27, 2012 at 06:48 AM
    Prayers to the family and friends of the young man who lost his life. He had to be a outstanding person to lead the team and very much admired. So much happens that we can't explain. But I pray that we continue to seek God for comfort and healing, that only he can give. I lost a teenage grandson and I know the feeling. Prayers from Meridian.
  • by citizen Location: Meridian on Apr 27, 2012 at 05:22 AM
    praying for the Comforter to be very real to this family during these difficult days.
  • by Sam Location: Lisman on Apr 26, 2012 at 09:22 PM
    Yhu will be truly miss cuz, my prayer goes out to Uncle Zack & Aunt Tonya!! Guess god needed anotha angel...ily ZB & ima see yhu again!!
  • by JACKEE Location: CULLOMBURG AL on Apr 26, 2012 at 06:12 PM
    MY HEART GOES OUT FOR THE FAMILY OF THE YOUNG MAN THAT LOSS HIS LIFE.MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU.TOO CHOCTAW COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL GOD WILL BE THERE FOR YOU. JUST KEEP ON TRUSTING HIM SO SORRY MAY GOD KEEP YOU ALWAYS.PRAYING FOR THE FAMILY AND C.C.H.S
  • by BetTy Location: Neshoba on Apr 26, 2012 at 02:06 PM
    Praying for your family.
  • by Denise Location: Clarke county on Apr 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM
    I am so sorry to hear that a set of parents have lost another child through needless actions. One would think a child of his age should feel secure standing in the water...but i guess not...give me a new respect for the gulf...Lord I pray to you to guide and love this family thogh this most difficult times of thier life....Lord Bless them and hold them tight for all those very hard days ahead...im so very sorry for your loss...
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 at 10:32 AM
    Praying for the family.
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