Vineland Mourns the Death of Another 14-Year Old
Vineland is dealing with the death of another 14-year-old Vineland High School student described by school officials as an "unimaginable tragedy."
Vineland Police say freshman Jermire Lowery was killed on Monday night when the 17-year-old driver of a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu he was a passenger in lost control and hit a 1986 GMC truck parked on Almond Road.
Lowery was taken to Inspira Medical Center where he died. The driver and three other passengers were treated for minor injuries.
No charges have yet been filed as the police investigation is ongoing.
School administrators now have the task of dealing with yet another student death.“This is an unimaginable tragedy,” said Dr. Mary Gruccio, Superintendent of Schools in a post on the Vineland Public Schools Facebook page and the school's official website. “The loss of any student is heartbreaking. But two, in this short period of time, is unthinkable.”
VHS North Principal Mario Olsen called Lowery part of the Vineland school family. “Right now we are thinking of his family, and how we can help them through this incredibly difficult time. But it takes a little piece of our hearts each time when something like this happens,"
Counselors will visit each classroom today to let them know about Lowery's death and to make students and staff aware of their services. Letters will also go home to parents.
Lowrey's mother Nicole Redfern tells NBC 10 that her son aspired to be a professional athlete.
Students are also remembering Lowery on Twitter with #1LoveJermireLowery
14-year-old Alexa Strittmatter died after being hit by two cars on Main Road crossing the road to get to her bus stop in October.
- Boy, 14, dies of injuries after Vineland accident / Press of Atlantic City
- VHS freshman Jermire Lowery killed in car crash / Daily Journal
- Classmate of Teen Killed by Cars Dies in Crash / NBC 10