Friends remember Mojave High School student killed in crash

Molly Waldron

Friends remember Mojave High School student killed in crash

CREATED May. 13, 2013

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- We're learning more about a tragic accident over the weekend that claimed the life of a North Las Vegas teenager and badly injured his younger step-sister.

A memorial of candles and cards is growing at the intersection of Goldfield and Washburn in memory of 17-year-old Jahlonn Williams. 

Jahlonn was at Mojave High School student. All day Monday, grief counselors were on hand at campus to help students cope with the loss of a classmate.

Mojave Principal Antonio Rael had students help create a wall of words honoring Jahlonn, to help classmates remember him.

"It's heavy because you lose one of your own and then you also watch your students and your teachers go through that pain," said Principal Rael.

Police said the accident happened early Sunday morning after 18-year-old Douglas Bruce ran a stop sign, colliding with the car Jahlonn was driving. 

Officers arrived to find Jahlonn trapped in the mangled car and his step-sister, 13-year-old Dereonna, ejected from the vehicle. Jahlonn died at the scene and Dereonna remains in critical condition at University Medical Center. 

Douglas Bruce was arrested and faces charges for running a stop sign. Police are investigating whether alcohol and speed were factors in the crash. 

Students we spoke with said Jahlonn was an outstanding basketball player and an inspiration. A team jersey was left at the crash site with a note. 

"It was sad, sad that I lost a friend and all his teammates were upset," one of Jahlonn's friends said. 

"He was a kid that I always saw smiling, and that's what will stick with me is that big smile he had every day on this campus," said Principal Rael.

Students say #10 may be gone, but will never be forgotten. 

 

 

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