Remembering the football player and his parents killed in tragic I-75 crash as a remarkable ‘benefit and blessing’

The Bartow County School District is honoring the memory of a 15-year-old who tragically lost his life in a car accident. His presence at the school was cherished and considered a great source of support and positivity.

Extra counselors will be available for students at the family’s schools, according to the Bartow County School District.

During his time at Cass High School, Crawford was an active member of the football team and also participated in the international studies magnet program.

“Brandon Crawford epitomized the true passion for the game,” Coach Steve Gates reminisced. “Every day, he would sprint from the main building to the field house for practice, driven by his love for football. Even when he made a mistake during offensive line drills, he would smack his helmet in frustration, determined to prove to his coach that he could execute it flawlessly. His teammates admired him for his unwavering eagerness to learn and his committed approach to excel both on and off the field. With his exceptional academic performance, earning four A’s in his four classes, he left an indelible mark as the epitome of an exemplary Colonel.”

The 15-year-old was known for his strong school spirit, proudly displaying his love for Hamilton Crossing Elementary, Cass Middle School, and Cass High School, according to those who knew him well.

CHS Counselor Andrew Griffin expressed his admiration for the individual, stating that he brought immense joy to those around him. Griffin also emphasized how the person’s presence was instrumental in enriching their school community.

Crawford’s classmates and teachers expressed that they will deeply miss his infectious smile and contagious laughter.

The funeral arrangements for Crawford and his parents have not yet been made public.

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