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Community mourns loss of student

Pike County and the Troy University community continued to mourn Saturday’s loss a Trojan football player.

Corey McCullers, a Troy University football team member, died as the result of a car accident that took place Saturday on U.S. Highway 231 North.

McCuller, 19, of Deatsville, was killed when the 1997 BMW 328I he was driving collided with a Pontiac Grand Am and then struck a trailer parked on the shoulder of highway. The crash occurred six miles north of Troy.

The driver and two passengers in the Grand Am were transported to Baptist South Hospital in Montgomery for treatment of their injuries. McCullers was pronounced dead at the scene by Pike County Coroner Jerry Williams.

McCullers was a broadcast journalism major at Troy and redshirt freshman for the football team. He played on Troy’s scout team during the 2014 season. He came to Troy after playing several sports at Holtville High School.

“This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts hurt for the McCullers family,” said Troy Athletic Director John Hartwell said. “We are reminded every day how precious life is, and the thoughts and prayers of the Troy University Family are with his family, friends and teammates as they mourn the beautiful life that Corey lived.”

Troy football head coach Neal Brown echoed the athletic director’s sentiments.

“The Troy Football Family is heartbroken today over the sudden loss of Corey McCullers,” said Troy football head coach Neal Brown. “There is no greater tragedy than losing a young man with a bright future far too soon. Corey was a true Trojan who loved Troy University and his teammates. Our staff and players will always remember Corey’s work ethic and his positive attitude. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins said Monday in a released statement that McCullers would be missed by all.

“The Troy University family is saddened to learn of the death of TROY student Corey McCullers, a member of the Troy Trojans football team and a broadcast journalism major from Holtville, Ala,” Hawkins said. “The University community extends its most sincere sympathies to the McCullers family during this difficult time.”

The wreck is still under investigation by Alabama State Troopers and no further details are available at this time.