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Community remembers volleyball star killed in Tallapoosa County wreck

Karmeshae Thomas (Source: Southern Union State Community College) Karmeshae Thomas (Source: Southern Union State Community College)
TALLAPOOSA CO., AL (WSFA) -

She should be getting ready to go back to college. Instead, family and friends are mourning the death of a gifted student-athlete. 

Karmeshae Thomas, 19, died over the weekend in a car accident in Tallapoosa County. 

Those who knew and loved Thomas can't pass the small white cross on the side of the road without stopping and paying their respects at the spot where her young life was cut short, including longtime friend Kelvin Black.

"It's just a bad tragedy that happened. She was headed back to school sometime today or tomorrow," he said. 

The crash happened Sunday around 9 p.m. According to Alabama State Troopers, Thomas was killed when the 1998 Olds Regency she was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. The crash happened on Alabama 50 three miles west of Camp Hill.

Troopers indicated that Thomas was from Tallassee. Friends thought that she may have been on her way to visit family in Camp Hill.

No other details on the accident were released as troopers continue to investigate.

"It's a hard pill to swallow. She was my cousin and my friend as well," said Kalandis Tanner. "It's a hard time for our community, for her family, for friends. It's just a sad situation and it's hard for all of us as a whole."

Thomas, known as "Meshae" to many, would have been gearing up for her sophomore year at Southern Union State Community College, where she was also a member of the volleyball team- a standout athlete loved by her teammates and friends.

"Everybody loved her and everybody is going to miss her," Tanner added. 

Thomas' classmates say this is the third tragedy to strike the Dadeville High School class of 2013. Two other students lost their lives- one to cancer, the other in a fatal car crash. Once again, members of the community are leaning on each other for support as everyone tries to wrap their minds around another loss. 

"She was a great young lady. She had her whole future in front of her," Kelvin Black added. "This is going to be a big blow to everyone. If something happens around here that hurt someone, it hurts the whole community because everyone knows everyone around here."

A spokeswoman for Southern Union State Community College, Shondae Brown, told WSFA that Thomas' family members are in the thoughts and prayers of students, faculty and staff at the college.

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