Memorial unveiled at PRP for teens killed in crash


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 6:19 PM

(WHAS11) - Pleasure Ridge Park High School unveiled a memorial Wednesday for four Louisville teens killed in a car crash after an event held by the local organization Youth Alive.

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The scene of the crash will forever be etched in the minds of the parents of the four boys.

Wednesday, PRP High School gave their parents and the community another way to remember the teens, a memorial under a tree at PRP.

A prayer and the painful reminder that these four boys, Demar, Jemar and Marc Claybrooks and Aaron Shields will never again walk the halls of PRP high school.

On December 8th, 2008 all four boys were killed in a car crash coming home from a Youth Alive event.

Wednesday, surrounded by their PRP family, Jemar, Demar, Marc and Aaron were remembered.

Dave Johnson,PRP Principal, says, "They were loved by their teachers and peers alike.They will forever be in our hearts."

One by one, teachers spoke of each boy's legacy.

Jason Cook, Marc Claybrook's teacher, says, "Marc was a great student.You all did a fine job raising these young men."

Susan Bolton, Demar Claybrook's teacher says, "Demar has a great smile He had a great smile and every single day, even if he was in a bad mood, he would come in and say 'hi Ms. Bolton, how you doing'?"

Katie Lewis, Jemar Claybrook's teacher, says, "Nobody wanted to help pass out papers or run an errand. But Jemar was always the one who would volunteer."

Zenda Johnson, Aaron Shields' teacher, says, "I can say a lot of good things about Aaron and about the twinkle in his eye and the little crooked smile that he had, always first thing in the morning he would come and say hello.And a lot of times he would give me a hug.He was just the most precious child. I will never forget him."

And now, no one at PRP will forget them either.

A memorial, shaded by a white dogwood tree, marks their place at this school, in this community and in the lives of every person who knew and loved the boys.

The families of Aaron Shields and the Claybrooks brothers are still in mediation with Youth Alive.

17-year-old Herbert Lee has been charged with four counts of murder, among other charges, in the boys' deaths.

New court documents came out last week revealing a Youth Alive employee told police the boys were told to get in the car with Lee.