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Second Moss Point man dies on way to help Baton Rouge

Jermaine Starr, 21, of Moss Point was killed in a wreck on Interstate 10 in LaPlace, La., on Sunday. Vontravis Kelly, 33, another Moss Point man in the wreck, died Thursday. Both Kelly and Starr played football at Moss Point High School. Starr is shown when he was a Tigers player.
Jermaine Starr, 21, of Moss Point was killed in a wreck on Interstate 10 in LaPlace, La., on Sunday. Vontravis Kelly, 33, another Moss Point man in the wreck, died Thursday. Both Kelly and Starr played football at Moss Point High School. Starr is shown when he was a Tigers player.

A second Moss Point man has died after he was injured in a Sunday-morning wreck involving a bus, fire truck and several vehicles on Interstate 10 in LaPlace, Louisiana.

Vontravis Kelly, 33, died about noon Thursday, the New Orleans Advocate reported.

Jermaine Starr, 21, of Moss Point was killed in the wreck.

Starr and Kelly were two of four people in a 2012 Toyota Camry headed to Baton Rouge to work on flood recovery and assistance.

Moss Point resident Marcus Tate, 35, the Camry’s driver, was released from Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge on Sunday night, a hospital official said. He was originally listed in serious condition.

A University Medical Center of New Orleans Hospital official said David Jones, also of Moss Point, was listed in fair condition Wednesday morning. He had been listed in serious condition Sunday.

The bus carrying flood-recovery workers Sunday first hit a fire truck blocking the right side of the interstate, then rear-ended the Camry. The bus driver, 37-year-old Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez, is an illegal alien from Honduras who did not have a driver’s license, according to The Associated Press.

Rodriquez is being held in St. John the Baptist Parish jail on charges of felony negligent homicide, negligent injuring, reckless operation of a vehicle and driving without a license. Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are investigating, according to the AP.

The Moss Point School District issued a press release Tuesday that read: “All of us...are greatly saddened by the loss of former student Jermaine Starr. Jermaine was a cheerful and funny young man and was known for making his peers smile. Our hearts go out to Jermaine’s family and friends at this difficult time. Moss Point High School’s counselors are available for teachers, students and staff during this difficult time.”

Both Kelly and Starr played football at Moss Point High School. Kelly was a defensive back on the 2000 state championship team and the younger brother of Francisco Kelly, who also starred at Moss Point and signed with Ole Miss.

Two weeks before the fatal wreck, Starr visited his school to talk to a teacher, Moss Point High government teacher Kathleen Sumrall said.

Starr’s girlfriend had given birth to a baby girl earlier this year.

“He was talking to one of our teachers here, and he had just expressed how happy, how joyful he was to be a dad,” Sumrall said.

She recalled Starr’s behavior in her own classroom after he won a first-place medal at a Region 6-4A power-lifting meet in 2013.

“I think he wore it for two weeks straight,” she said. “That’s how he was, I remember. If he was proud of something, he’d stick his chest out.”

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