West Morgan students mourn the deaths of two well-loved classmates

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 8:07 AM CDT
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TRINITY, Ala. (WAFF) - Students of West Morgan High and Middle schools mourned the loss of two well-liked students who were killed in a two-vehicle wreck on Old Moulton Rd. in Decatur Friday night.

Grief counseling was made available Monday to students at the schools, according to our news partners at the Decatur Daily. Those were the schools where 16-year-old AJ Pepper and 13-year-old Sam Pepper attended.

The funeral for the brothers will be at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Peck Funeral Home in Hartselle.

“It’s a big impact,” Trinity Mayor Vaughn Goodwin said of the teenagers’ deaths. “Anytime you lose anybody, it’s tough, especially with it being kids. The community here, we’re all one big family, so it’s a tremendous impact, in our schools, also.”

Latasha Pepper, the mother of the two boys, says her children were good kids that loved life and their family.

“My babies were some very good kids who loved to live life,” Pepper said.”Sam was the clown, always trying to make people laugh. AJ was my quiet one who loved to play his video games. They loved all of their family and friends.”

She also said that she is glad to see the amount of support that everyone has given her and her family throughout this terrible time.

“I’m so happy at the amount of support that everyone from all over has shown my babies and my family. I’m truly thankful for how our community and the boy’s friends have stepped out and showed love to them.”

The accident happened just before midnight, according to Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chun. The car driven by AJ crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle. Both vehicles left the road.

Mayor Goodwin hopes the counselors will be able to help the students through the difficult process of losing classmates.

Visitations for the brothers were held Monday at the Hartselle funeral home.

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