Scholarship fund started for sister of Dacula teens killed in crash

Jared and Jaison Brown (Family photo)

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Jared and Jaison Brown (Family photo)

A scholarship fund has been established for the young sister of Jared and Jaison Brown, the Dacula teenagers killed in a tragic October crash — and more than $1,300 has already been raised.

The initial funds were collected Friday night, when the Dacula High School soccer team — of which both Brown brothers were beloved members — faced off with Hebron Christian Academy. Admission to the game was $5, Dacula coach Jason Guzzardo said, but most people paid $10, $20 or more to get in and support Markhia Brown, who is just 8 years old.

“We’ll continue until she graduates,” Guzzardo said. “We’re going to try and make (the fundraiser) an annual thing.”

Jared, 17, and Jason, 15, both died following the Oct. 30 crash on Ga. 316 at Harbins Road, when their 1992 Honda Accord was hit by a PT Cruiser. Their deaths triggered an outpouring of emotion and support from the Dacula and Gwinnett communities. More than 1,200 people attended their funeral and, as of Tuesday afternoon, a GoFundMe account established to help the family had collected more than $66,000.

The scholarship fund for Markhia Brown is separate, and another scholarship foundation has also been established at Dacula High in the Brown brothers’ memory. The plan for the latter is to support two Dacula students who have “incurred a hardship,” Guzzardo said.

Contact the school for information on the scholarships.

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