15-year-old Ga. football player loses parents, sister in crash on way home from his game

THOMASVILLE, Ga. — A 15-year-old Georgia boy is mourning the loss of both of his parents and his sisters after they got into a fiery crash on the way home from his football game Friday night.

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Byron, Katrina and 10-year-old Kamryn Jakes were on their way home from the game in Thomasville when a car crossed over the center lane and plowed into their car head-on. The car burst into flames, killing all three, according to WTVM. The other driver’s condition is unclear.


The couple’s 15-year-old son, Braylon Jakes, who is a sophomore at Carver High School, had ridden home from the game with his team.

WTVM spoke to Braylon’s grandmother, Jacqueline Jakes, who said his football team has been keeping him company.

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“His football team was out here yesterday and they had such a fun time. He joked around and played. Right now, he’s doing ok,” Jacqueline Jakes told WTVM. “It’s hard to bury a child, but I just can’t fathom and imagine having to bury the whole family... practically the whole family.”

According to the National Pan-Hellenic council of Columbus, Byron Jakes was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and Katrina Jakes was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.