An Alabama high school football player has died of an apparent suicide, according to a local news station in Alabama.
Students and faculty of Hazel Green High School located in the Madison County School District mourns the loss of football star Julian Jones. Madison County Coroner confirmed to WHNT Jones death was ruled as a suicide.
The high school junior was a defensive end for the Trojans, Hazel Green High School football team, who already received scholarship offers from several of the top football colleges in the country. Of those schools were South Carolina, Auburn and Mississippi State. Jones is also the son of former Alabama A&M coach Anthony Jones.
On Tuesday night, Hazel Green High School along with Jones’ parents held a candle light vigil for the high school junior. Filled with tears, hugs and touching stories, hundreds gathered to mourn Jones.
According to AL.com, the vigil was put together by Jones’ parents because they did not want “any of the guys to be alone with their thoughts.”
The loss of Jones, one of Hazel Green’s finest stars, has saddened the small close-knit community.
Jones was characterized as a “well-rounded” kind of guy. Many described knowing him as a “privilege.”