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  • Students, faculty, staff and even community members came together on the football field at PCHS yesterday morning to honor Garrett “Gizzy” Williams’ memory. Williams passed away following a car accident Saturday night in rural Perry County.
    Remembering 'Gizzy'

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016


    On September 10 at 7:41 p.m. the Perry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a single vehicle rollover accident on Robin Road north of Farmers Market Road which is located northeast of Tamaroa. The caller reported that the vehicles only occupant was trapped under the vehicle.

    The Perry County Sheriff’s Deputies, Tamaroa Fire Department/First Responders and Pinckneyville Ambulance Service (Du Quoin Division) were dispatched to the scene.

    During the investigation the driver was identified as 16 year old Garrett Williams from Pinckneyville. He was later pronounced deceased at the scene by the Perry County Coroner Paul Searby.

    The accident is being investigated by the Perry County Sheriff’s Office along with the Perry County Coroner.

    Visitation will be at St. Bruno Catholic Church in Pinckneyville tonight from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the St. Bruno Catholic Church. There will also be a short visitation Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. with the funeral at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, graveside services to follow.

    PCHS Superintendent Keith Hagene said the faculty and staff at Pinckneyville High School has been prepped to help students deal with the tragedy, and that counselors and social workers are in place to help the kids heal. Students were encouraged to wear camouflage to school yesterday and gathered early in the morning to honor Williams’ memory together.


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