Mars Hill students and faculty remember sophomore killed in ATV accident


Sam Terry (Courtesy: Mars Hill Bible School)

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Students and faculty members at Mars Hill Bible School in Florence are mourning the loss of a student.

Monday afternoon, John Samuel Terry died from injuries received in an ATV accident in Lawrence County.

A white ribbon lies on the slate marker outside Mars Hill High School. The hallways inside were quiet.

Faculty and students spent the day remembering Sam Terry by wearing green ribbons, Sam’s favorite color.

“We’ve all just encouraged the kids and each other to just kind of let your heart lead,” said school Principal Dexter Rutherford. “Frankly we don’t want to have to experience this very often, but when you do, just do the best you can.”

The 16-year-old sophomore was fatally injured after falling off a four-wheeler. State Troopers said Sam was riding on the ATV with two friends.

According to law enforcement, the trio had just turned onto county road 150 when Sam fell off striking his head.

Principal Rutherford said Sam was a good kid and will be greatly missed.

“He had ridden the bus with us for the last couple of years, and especially touched some of those children on our bus riding over here. He was just a gentle giant I called him,” Rutherford stated.

On Tuesday students wrote letters to the Terry family, a way to send their condolences and remember the good times Sam shared with them.

Monday night after learning of Sam’s death, students and faculty at Mars Hill gathered in the school gym to remember Sam and his family in prayer.

State Troopers said Sam Terry was not wearing a helmet when he fell from the four-wheeler.

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