• Community mourns beloved soccer coach killed in crash

    By: Chris Jose

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    DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. - A community is mourning the loss of a beloved high school soccer coach.

    Jed Lacey, a teacher and coach at Dawson County High School, was killed in a crash on GA 400 Saturday morning.

    Lacey was in a four-vehicle pileup involving a car and two dump trucks near Exit 16 in Forsyth County.

    His daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend were seriously injured in the crash.

    Hundreds gathered at the school for a vigil to honor Lacey.


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    “He’s one of God’s angels, looking down on us, saying, ‘Don’t weep for me. I am home. I will see you again,'” parent Karen Armstrong said. 

    Soccer players said they will dedicate this upcoming season to Lacey.

    “You never doubted if he loved you, because you always knew it, you know,” said 10th grade student Maggie Wright.

    Students said not only did Lacey love them, but they loved him back.

    “We thank you for the work that this man did. I thank you, dear God, for this school and thank you for the ability to come here tonight, dear God,” one man said. 

    Police are investigating to determine who caused the crash.

    Counselors will be at the school Monday to help grieving students.

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