Counselors for Students Mourning Teens


Grief counselors are helping students cope with the deaths of two local teenagers killed in a weekend car crash.

One of the girls was from Perry, so the Taylor County school district made grief counselors available at local schools for anyone needing help dealing with the deaths of Magon Jordan and Kaylee Holmes.

Holmes's foster brother says he misses her dearly.

Tion Bryant, Kaylee Holmes' foster brother, said, "She was very smart and brilliant. She always helped me when I needed stuff. She was very kind."

The Florida Highway Patrol returns to the scene Monday to investigate the accident further. Troopers say Jordan was the driver Friday night when she lost control of the car on Puckett Road.

CPL Brannon M. Snead with FHP said, "The car was traveling above the posted speed limit. It traveled off the road, rotating counterclockwise. While traveling counterclockwise on the eastbound shoulder, the car began to overturn. As it overturned, the undercarriage of the car collided with a tree."

Both girls were pronounced dead at Doctors Memorial Hospital. FHP is turning this tragic car crash into a message of safety. They say both teens were riding without seat belts.

CPL Snead added, "The seat bealt is required to be worn. It's a secondary law in the state of Florida. The proper use of the occupant restraint system allows for safety, and it being utilized while the vehicle is in operation saves lives; it's been a proven fact."

Holmes was a student at Taylor County Learning Center. Jordan was from Cross City, but area residents say the entire community mourns the loss of both young ladies.

Franklin Carlton, a Puckett Road resident, said, "We'd just like to mention to the families that our regrets go out to you and we're real sorry that this happened. We hope that there will be some words of encouragement spoken by someone that'll help you through this time of sorrow."

CPL Snead says the Ford Thunderbird that Jordan and Holmes were in is in the worst condition he's seen a single-car accident. He says there were no signs of alcohol on the scene.