STONE COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - A standout football player and recent high school graduate from George County was killed early Monday in a car crash.
Tajiri Washington, 18 of Lucedale, died in a single-vehicle collision early July 6 in Stone County. The crash happened on Highway 26 just west of Highway 15 at 5:19 a.m. The 2006 Nissan Maxima was driven by Washington.
Washington, who wore the #3 jersey on the football field throughout his high school career, is now being mourned by an entire community. Tribute posts began flooding social media shortly after his death on Monday.
Among those, were ones from his football coach and George County High Principal Sid Taylor.
“Ty was a student that every teacher wanted to have,” said Taylor. “He was a true gentleman. He was a very outstanding young man. His smile was very contagious. It would light up the classrooms. It would light up the hallways every single day.”
Taylor offered thoughts and prayers to all of Washington’s friends and teammates.
“Ty, we love you and we are going to miss you, and we know that you are a shining and guiding light for many of those who are left behind to cherish your memory.”
Grief counseling is available for students and faculty who need it. Just contact or go by George County High.
Washington’s teammates have teamed up to open a benefit account in his name to help the family with funeral expenses. Donations can be made to the Tajiri Washington Benefit Account at Singing River Federal Credit Union. Anyone with questions about donations can contact Shelly Shepherd at 601-770-1396 or Katrina Evans at 601-770-2772.
Washington’s funeral is scheduled for Monday, July 13th at 11 a.m. at the Lucedale Church of God in Christ.