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Longview police investigating death of boy, 10

From Staff Reports
Oct. 6, 2011 at 6:25 a.m.

Longview police are investigating the death of a 10-year-old J.L. Everhart student who died Wednesday evening in an area hospital.

Jamaal Jones, of Longview was pronounced dead at about 7:50 p.m. Wednesday at Good Shepherd Medical Center after being transported from his grandmother's home in the 200 block of Harvard Ave., Justice of the Peace B.H. Jameson said.

Longview police and emergency medical services were called to the residence at about 6:50 p.m. in connection with a boy who had been injured in the front yard.

Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said officers were called to investigate, but Jameson said "the child's death appears to be an accident at this time. The injury appears to be a spinal cord injury from an accident."

Jameson said the fourth grader's body was sent for autopsy in Fort Worth for an official ruling on what caused his death.

Longview ISD officials said counselors were being made available at J.L. Everhart for grieving students.

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<strong>Longview ISD release</strong>

Statement regarding the death of Jamaal Jones All of us at Longview ISD are touched by the tragic loss of Jamaal Jones, a 4th grade student at J.L. Everhart, and we pray that his family can find peace. Our thoughts and prayers are also with Jamaal's extended family - the students and staff at J.L. Everhart.

Counselors were dispatched to the campus this morning and we respectfully ask that our students and staff be allowed to grieve amongst themselves - without on-campus press coverage. We appreciate your cooperation.



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