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HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison County Coroner confirmed to WHNT that Hazel Green football player Julian Jones died Monday morning.

The coroner ruled the cause of death to be suicide.

Jones was a junior defensive end for the Trojans. He was being recruited by South Carolina, Auburn and Mississippi State.

Jones was the youngest son of former Alabama A&M University football head coach Anthony Jones.

Alabama A&M University released a statement Monday afternoon:

The Alabama A&M University family is saddened to learn of the passing of Coach Anthony Jones’ son, Julian Jones.  Losing a loved one is always difficult, but the loss of a child is extremely difficult.  Having spent a decade at the University, Alabama A&M University still embraces the Jones Family as members of our AAMU Family.  We extend condolences to Coach Jones and his family and that you keep the Jones Family in your prayers at this most difficult period.

If you, or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please reach out to Crisis Services of North Alabama at 1-800-691-8426.


  • vanessa

    Our hearts are saddened by this tragedy. Our prayers go out to this family, the football families and the many communities this has affected. Coach Jones is a good man, with amazingly talented boys. our prayer is that we come together and support this family in their time of crisis. We pray they find some sort of peace and comfort.

  • Carolyn Wilder.

    Prayers for the family I am sure they are in shock and need all prayer. So sorry for such a young man was having such a struggle that he felt this was the only way out. We need to be aware of more people around us and try to help if we spot someone like this. Let them know they have a friend and nothing is worth this.

  • Christy

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Jones family. My heart is so heavy for his parents and siblings during this difficult time. There are no words only prayers.

  • Kristin

    I am so saddened to hear this. Praying for Julian’s family and friends, I really, really am. Our family lost a cousin to suicide many years ago. It still is so hard to understand to those of us he left behind.

  • Gretchen Nunnally

    So sorry for this precious family…..lost my Dad to suicide and would never want anyone to suffer through this….love and prayers to all. …..


      #LAWKHAII’s Viewpoint: May GOD comfort the entire family of JULIAN JONES: his family, relatives, friends, teammates, classmates, Hazel Green community, & extended #1875AAMUFamily, +plus+ Etcetera , .. #GODsBlessings. !!!

      #LAWK74 #LAWKHAII #LAWK1908 #dIVYne ..

      #1875AAMUFamily #1875AAMUFamilyDEATH #JulianJones #AnthonyJones #RIP #RIH #RIPJulianJones #GODsBlessings !!! …

  • Sue

    Very sad! He was very young with what sounded like such a promising future. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  • Ella Skip Cook

    We, in the Hazel Green community are particularly saddened by this young man’s death. My grandson played with him and is heart broken. We have all lost here!
    Our prayers are with his family, teammates, friends and community.

  • Mekisha Hampton

    Julian was such a sweet young man. I had the pleasure of teaching his older brother Drew at a school in Huntsville and that is how I got to know Julian. This sweet friendly boy would come to my classroom every day just to say hello and hug me. To the Jones family…you will remain in my thoughts and prayers and to all of Julian’s friends and teammates, be encouraged and hold each other up. You have people all across the globe praying for you.

  • enjea

    Coach Jones will always be part of our Bulldog family. God bless them all and prayerfuly they will eventually find comfort in His loving arms and enjoy warm memories of sweet young Julian’s llife!
    Bulldog for life!

  • Leslie Edwards Wilbourn

    My #12 Gary Wilbourn played with Julian, all I’ve heard is good things and about his contagious smile and how promising of a future he had awaiting him, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family for peace and comfort. Our Hazel Green community came together as family, friends, and teammates during this devastating time. That’s why we are called Trojan Nation. Rest in peace Julian Jones.

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