Julius Jamear Staten, Death – A 16-year-old Albertville High School student was killed in an early morning crash Monday. The school identified the teen as Julius Jamear “JJ” Staten. Staten was also a member of the football team. WAAY-31 reported that the Marshall County Coroner’s Office responded to the 2500 block of Alabama Highway 205 around 7:00 a.m. Staten was pronounced dead at the scene.
The high school said it will have multiple counselors on campus Tuesday for any students who may need help coping with the incident. The Albertville City School District released the following statement: “It is with heavy hearts today that we share the devastating news of a tragic car accident that occurred this morning involving one of our beloved students who was also a member of our football team.
“Our entire system is deeply saddened by this loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family during this incredibly difficult time. We extend our heartfelt condolences and support to them.
“Our top priority is to ensure that all students and staff receive the support they need to cope with this tragic loss. Counselors and support services from multiple agencies and local churches will be available tomorrow at the high school to help our students and staff navigate through this challenging time. LifePoint Church has graciously opened its doors to provide support and assistance tonight as well.
“ACS is a tight-knit community, and together, we will find strength and support one another through this difficult period of grief and mourning. We encourage all students, staff, and community members to reach out to one another, lean on their support networks, and remember the positive impact this student had on our lives. If any student needs to talk to someone, our dedicated Mental health Coordinator Kristi Rains can be reached at email@example.com.