JauMarcus McFarland was enrolled in the Champion Prep Academy, a second chance program for high school graduates.
Just tragic as the school begins nationwide, the family mourns a young student athlete who was killed in an elevator crash on Wednesday.
JauMarcus McFarland I enrolled in the Champion Prep Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a second opportunity program for high school graduates who combine athletes with scholars who have a desire to play college football.
McFarland headed to practice with his teammates, leaving a 444 Sweets Student Housing in northeastern Atlanta. He boarded the elevator shortly after the elevator broke down after 3 pm.
A student athlete told Fox 29 that the elevator stopped on the third floor of the building and almost everyone got off, but when McFarland was about to leave, his teammates explained that the elevator had fallen and dropped him. They said the elevator was fixed between the second and third floors, and McFarland was trapped between the top of the elevator and the floor of the building for nearly an hour.
His teammates tried to free him, and when the Atlanta Fire Department arrived and was able to free McFarland, the 18-year-old was taken to the Atlanta Medical Center where he died.
Georgia Prep Sports Academy Chairman said Man magazine McFarland’s death was a “tragedy.” President and founder of the program, Michael Carson The McFarland family, who lived in their home state of Missouri, said they were “totally devastated.”
He called McFarland one of the brightest stars in the program.
“We have kids from all over the country participating in our program. Jau Marcus was just a good kid and a super athlete. He had so many possibilities,” Carson said. rice field. “He was 6 feet 6 inches, 300 pounds and was a left tackle with great footwork. He was one of the leaders of his team. Very respectful, very humble and very focused. The men really respected him and his work ethic. We are all shocked. “
NS GoFundMe.com Initiatives It was launched to help his family pay for funeral expenses.
McFarland said: “I was one of the kids who graduated from high school and averaged 3.5 but didn’t score a test. He was preparing for ACT using our program. [American College Test] It will be hired this month and will enter the university campus in January. His dream was within reach. It was really tragically robbed of him. “
“You really spend your life trying to help these kids,” Carson added. We definitely miss him. “
Student housing real estate manager, Nathan phillips, Issued a statement CBS46“First of all, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to this young man’s family, teammates, and friends. State inspectors will soon publish their findings, so we will be complete until the report is complete. It would be inappropriate to discuss the details. “
“What we can say is that the elevator had a load capacity of 3000 pounds,” Phillips added. —But 16 young athletes in the elevator when this happened pushed that limit to nearly £ 4000. Unfortunately, this seems to have caused the domino effect of the event that led to the unfortunate death of this young man. This is a horrific tragedy that makes us all deeply saddened that this has happened. “
According to Philips, the elevator was scheduled for five years of inspection in 2024, but only passed once in 2019. Last year, due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, there were no annual tests.
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