School, Community Mourn Student's Death

The accident that claimed the life of Sumter County High School senior, Eddrick Jones, 17, happened just before 2 p.m. Saturday on Sumter County Road 13 in Livingston.

The Alabama Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.

According to troopers, Jones was not wearing a seat belt.

Days after the accident, a black ribbon hangs on the door of Piggly Wiggly in York, where Jones worked.

Co-workers say they are still in shock.

Store officials placed containers at the registers to collect donations to help Eddrick's family. They say it's the least they can do.

"He was a nice kid," said Paul Wilford. "He was always respectful and every evening when he came in, he always made it his business to go around to speak to everyone."

Eddrick's absence at school is also felt.

"The fact is, I'll say he was one of our better students," said principal, Milton Whitfield. "We've never had any problems with him. He was very good academically. He had an outstanding character. He was a model student. We'll miss him. We miss him already."

To help faculty, staff and students, Whitfield says a number of counselors have come to the campus.

"We've had counselors from the area. We've had ministers coming in to spend time with our students," Whitfield said. "We're just dealing with it the very best we can."

Family members, friends and others we spoke to about Eddrick say he had a bright future.

The funeral for Eddrick Jones will be held Saturday at noon in the gymnasium at Sumter County High School in York.

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