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Albertville High School community mourns loss of student athlete in crash

Counselors will be brought to campus when classes resume Tuesday, school officials said.

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Albertville City Schools officials confirmed one of their students was killed in an early Monday morning crash.

In a statement emailed to parents and posted on social media, the district confirmed the student was enrolled at Albertville High School and was also on the Aggies football team. 

The Marshall County Coroner's Office said the single-vehicle crash happened around 7 a.m. in the 2500 block of Highway 205 North. No further details about the crash were immediately available.

The school later identified the student as 16-year-old Julius Jamear (JJ) Staten.

"Our entire system is deeply saddened by this loss," the district said in a written statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family during this incredibly difficult time. We extend our heartfelt condolences and support to them."

LifePoint Church will open their auditorium for students and staff Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for those who need additional solace and support.

Counselors and support services will also be made available when classes resume Tuesday.

Please keep AHS in your thoughts and prayers today. AHS was notified this morning that we tragically lost one of our...

Posted by Albertville High School on Monday, September 4, 2023

"ACS is a tight-knit community, and together, we will find strength and support one another through this difficult period of grief and mourning," the district said. "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."

Further information about memorial services and ways to support the student's family will be announced when available, the district said.

The Aggies are currently scheduled to play against the Florence Falcons at home Friday night at 7 p.m. It is not known if that game will be rescheduled or if a memorial may be planned should the game proceed.

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