Cobb County brothers who died described as giving students

Two Lassiter High School teenagers who died in a Monday crash were JROTC members and volunteered at a local elementary school.
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Two Lassiter High School teenagers who died in a Monday crash were JROTC members and volunteered at a local elementary school.

Credit: Christopher Quinn

Credit: Christopher Quinn

Deadly wrecks

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned that the young men from Lassiter High School killed in a wreck Monday about 1 p.m. were on their way to dental appointments.

A letter to parents and students from Principal Chris Richie says:

“With a heavy heart, I must inform you that two of our students, brothers James (Jim) and Joe Pratt, were killed in a car accident on Highway 92 yesterday afternoon. There are no words that ease the pain that has devastated our Lassiter family and left us heartbroken.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned that the young men from Lassiter High School killed in a wreck Monday about 1 p.m. were on their way to dental appointments.

“James was a senior and Joe was a freshman, both can only be described as academically motivated, exceptional young men with tremendous leadership potential that we witnessed daily throughout our school and in our NJROTC program.”

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James Pratt (left) and Joe Pratt (right) were members of JROTC at Lassiter High School.
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James Pratt (left) and Joe Pratt (right) were members of JROTC at Lassiter High School.

Credit: Cobb County School District

Credit: Cobb County School District

The Pratts volunteered at Brumby Elementary during special events and after school programs.

The funeral service for James and Joe Pratt is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Rd., Marietta.

Read and sign the online guestbook for James and Joe Pratt

It was a bad day for metro Atlanta high schools. Four students from Langston Hughes High in Fulton County also died in an afternoon accident. A fifth was injured.

The AJC will follow this story through the day as we learn who the Langston Hughes students were, and will inform the community about coming services.