2015-09-09 / Front Page

Edmund Burke student dies in Labor Day wreck

By Elizabeth Billips

Lillian Reeves Lillian Reeves The Edmund Burke Academy family is mourning the death of a student.

Lillian Reeves, 16, died in a single vehicle accident on Old Louisville Road late Monday afternoon.

The eleventh grader was on her way to softball practice when she wrecked not far from her Jenkins County home.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Lillian lost control of her 2002 GMC Envoy, overcorrected and hit a tree.

The loss was a deep one for EBA’s students, many of whom are still struggling with the March 2015 death of their former headmaster Brent Cribb.

As news of Lillian’s death spread Monday afternoon, many of her classmates gathered to pray outside the small private school where Lillian played Spartan softball and basketball and was on the competitive cheerleader team.

“Lillian was just a beautiful person, inside and out,” EBA Headmaster Gregg Bunn said Tuesday as local pastors came to the school to console students. “She was loved by a lot of people and we’re just praying for her family and her school family.”

The junior class has tentatively planned a balloon release Monday night for classmates and friends to remember Lillian by releasing messages and praying with her family. The event is being coordinated with students and staff from a number of surrounding private and public schools who have shown an “outpouring of love” in the days following the tragedy.

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