A prayer vigil was held for three Polk County teens who died in tragedies in the past week, hosted by Second Baptist Church of Cedartown. Family and friends paid tribute to the students and their impact on their schools and community.
Senior Pastor Justin Carter, in a Facebook post accompanying the live feed of the service, wrote: “Thank you for joining us on our livestream tonight. We’re continuing to pray for the families of MJ, Ava, and Grace. We’re praying for peace and comfort in their time of loss.” You can watch the 35-minute service by clicking the above item.
It was a week ago today that Gracie and Ava Reed/Paulin lost their lives in an accident with a semi-tractor trailer on U.S. 27 south of Cedartown. Even as the community grieved their loss, another would be discovered on Sunday evening.
Cedartown High football star Michael Jayshun Whatley, 18, was found dead in his home. A deputy Polk County coroner pronounced his passing at 5:30 that evening. Chief Coroner Norman Smith on Wednesday said MJ’s body had been moved to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy in search of a cause of death. Because of the backlog, it could be months before some final results are returned, Smith says.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Gracie, 16, and Ava, 12, were laid to rest Tuesday afternoon at Northview Cemetery following their services. Obituaries.