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East High School mourns loss of recent graduate

Sep 19, 2020

The mass shooting early Saturday took the lives of two 19 year olds, Jaquayla Young and Jarvis Alexander.

Young graduated last year from East High School, Alexander graduated from UPrep.

At East High School, Superintendent Shaun Nelms said staff and students there are still trying to process what happened.

“We’re devastated, we’re in shock, Jaquayla was a student who did everything right, she was a model person in the classroom, she was a school volunteer, she was active in sports, she was an incredible writer, a scholar.”

Nelms said that, "When you see the death of someone who truly lived a model life it’s incomprehensible, and that’s what we’re feeling, we’re all in shock and she made such incredible connections with staff and staff viewed her like they would their own children and so we’re all mourning and trying to make sense of this."

Nelms added that, “The death of a very popular and giving and caring student has caused ripple effect in our school community and so we anticipate there’s going to be a lot of students that are going to need the support, especially because we don’t have the face to face interactions because of COVID.”

There will be counseling sessions both Sunday and Monday at East High School from 9:00 a.m. to noon for students, staff and others in the community.

And UPrep will be open Sunday from 11-3 for Uprep students, alumni, and staff who need additional support in connection with the death of Jarvis Alexander.