BROOKS CO., GA (WALB) - Passing by the large tree with a no trespassing and for sale sign on it on the east side of Webster St. just outside of Quitman, you wouldn't know that it was the site of a fatal accident on July 9th, 2013 that killed Johnnie Parker, Shawn Waters, and Jicarre Watkins just after they left football practice at the high school.
You wouldn't know because the memorial that used to be around the tree was recently taken down by the property owner. Now, a new memorial is being planned.
"What we're going to need to do is have our engineer, our surveying department, go out there and determine where the property lines are so that we can determine what space is available within the right of way of the county," explained Justin DeVane, Brooks Co. Administrator.
Legally, the property owner has every right to take down the memorial but Agnes Kimbrough, mother of Jicarre Watkins, says she was shocked when she found out the memorial had been taken down.
"I was pretty sad about it and pretty much in disbelief that a person would do such a thing," Kimbrough admitted.
County commissioners aren't expected to decide until their September meeting whether to allow the county surveyor to begin surveying the right of way.
But, Kimbrough is already thinking about what she would like the memorial to look like. "[I] really would love to see a statue put there. But, we're trying to work on a backdrop with the kids' jersey's out there," explained Kimbrough.
DeVane says once the surveyor is given the go ahead by county commissioners, surveying could take between two to three weeks to complete.