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Students Mourn Death of Star Basketball Player

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Students gathered Sunday night to remember a Mojave High School student who was killed in a car crash. Students gathered Sunday night to remember a Mojave High School student who was killed in a car crash.
Jahlonn Williams Jahlonn Williams

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Students attending Mojave High School were in mourning Monday, after a 17-year-old student was killed early Sunday morning.

North Las Vegas police said 18-year-old Douglas Bruce sped through a stop sign, crashing into a car. Jahlonn Williams was killed and his13-year-old passenger was critically injured.

Bruce, who is being detained at the Las Vegas Detention Center, was a former Mojave High student.

On Monday, students, parents and teachers have come by to place items at the intersection of Goldfield Street and Washburn Road in North Las Vegas. Marks left behind by the wreck could still be seen on the road.

The wreck happened only a few yards from Mojave High School, where Jahlonn attended class.

The school's staff said grief counselors were made available help the student body deal with the death of a fellow classmate.

Friends of Jahlonn said his death doesn't seem real.

Student after student made their way to the intersection to mourn, pray and share their memories of Jahlonn.

"He never judged you," Jahlonn's friend, Monique, said. "He never was rude to you … and when you tried to give up, he was the one who pushed you to move forward."

"We had a lot of things in common, so we played basketball all the time," a teen who identifies himself as Jahlonn's best friend said. "We just bonded, a true friendship."

Jahlonn's stepsister, who was in the passenger seat, wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the sedan. She is in critical condition.

Bruce was arrested on traffic violations and , the police said, officers believe alcohol and speed played a factor in the deadly crash.

Mojave Principal Antonio Rael confirmed that Bruce was a former student of the high school.

"That's an extra burden," Rael said. "Not just for our school, but our community as a whole, because obviously we grieve for his family, as well."

As details about the crash surface, the community is coming together for support.

Sunday night, hundreds of students met at Mojave, where Williams was a star basketball player.

Friends said the wreck took the life of a positive young man who had everything to live for.

"He's my baby brother," a friend said. "We planned on playing basketball in college against each other, with each other. We worked out everyday together over the summer."

Bruce could face felony charges when the investigation is complete, the police said.

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