Greene Co. High School mourns the loss of four students

GREENE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The tragedy in Greene County has grown. A fourth student has died as a result of that terrible one vehicle accident Wednesday morning. Seventeen-year-old Joseph Lister had been in critical condition at USA Medical Center in Mobile.

We're told that Thursday, his family made the painful decision to take him off life support. Sixteen-year-old Dillon Kraig Reid, 15-year-old Steven Bret Nicholson, and 15-year-old Kodi Everette Henderson all died in the accident on Brushy Creek Road.

A fifth student, Russell Green was listed in fair condition.

Students and administrators shared memories of the boys during a memorial service.

Black ribbon adorn the doors of Greene County high and a flag half staff in honor of three young lives now gone.

"It is just tough," classmate Ethan Trbible said.

The student remembered  the boys as funny and just all around nice guys.

"I mean everybody knew them. Everybody liked them. And they were good kids," a Greene County student said.

"Two of them played football. Very active in the community. Well liked by all their peers just great kids. Great students," Principal Scott Bray said.

Principal Bray said this tragic accident has devastated the close-knit community and the high school.                           

"We are going to miss them very much," Bray said.

Ten miles away where the accident happened, pieces of the truck were still scattered on the side of the road, and markings show where investigators tried to figure out what happened.

"Pretty much what happened is the vehicle was traveling on Brushy Creek Road, got off the edge and you can see the marks on the road. Struck an embankment here where it sent the truck airborne," State Trooper Todd Miller said.

State Trooper Miller said none of the boys had been wearing seatbelts, and speed was most likely a factor in the accident.

"Several of the occupants of the vehicle were ejected, some landing in the roadway and in the ditch line," Miller said.  "There have been some rumors and speculation that they may have possibly been taking off the last day of school for the last day of deer season."

But the details of the tragedy aren't what's important at Greene County High right now.  Instead, everyone is concentrating on taking care of each other.

"We are grieving for the loss of our students. We are grieving for our students that we have now that hearts are broken," School Superintendent Richard Fleming said.

Funeral arrangements have been made for the three victims. Dillon Reid's funeral service will be held this Saturday at the Moore Funeral Chapel in Petal, followed by a burial in Highland Cemetery.

Steven Nicholson's family will receive friends tomorrow from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Freeman Funeral Home in Leakesville.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at the Freeman Chapel. A wake for Kodi Henderson is being held right now at the Freeman Funeral Home in Citronelle, it will be followed by a funeral service tomorrow at 10 in the morning at the Bethel Baptist Church. Henderson will be buried at the Bethel Cemetery.

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