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Conecuh County school remembers fallen classmate

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EVERGREEN, AL (WSFA) - At Sparta Academy in Evergreen the school can't let go of Dawson Kirksey.

"We haven't moved forward yet," said headmaster Wayne Hammonds.

There's a teddy bear in the desk where Kirksey sat, a banner in the hallway with messages from friends and teachers, his art work displayed on a counter top.

This is not an easy time for these Sparta Warriors.

"You couldn't have asked for a more loving and generous kid," said Karen Layton, a teacher at Sparta Academy.

The private school of more than 250 continues to grieve over the 10-year old's passing. Kirksey was killed in a car wreck on his way to school Monday morning. State troopers charged 62-year old Calvin Fluker with murder for allegedly ramming his truck into the back of the Kirksey's car. Fluker remains in the Conecuh County jail on bonds totaling $500,000. Fluker was a retired school teacher in Conecuh County.

Kirksey's little sister and their mom were hurt but recovering, the only bright spot in an otherwise sobering week.

"Kortlann was allowed to come home yesterday and mother is doing better. Both are out of danger," said Hammonds.

"He looked after his sister all the time and that impressed me," said Layton.

Dawson Kirksey's death is particularly painful for Layton not just because she was his 5th grade teacher.

On the morning Dawson died which was Valentine's Day he had three individual flowers; one for his girlfriend, another for the school housekeeper and the third for Mrs. Layton.

"The grandmother says she'll make sure they do deliver them to us but it doesn't matter. It's the thought behind it," said Layton.

WSFA 12 News learned Dawson loved sports, played pee-wee football and basketball even shot his first deer this season but had no idea what he wanted to do when he grew up.

In other words, Dawson was your typical 5th grader.

"One day he wanted to be this, the next day something else," Hammonds said with a smile.

The one thing Dawson Kirksey was though.. a little boy with a heart of gold.

Sparta Academy leaders say a fund has been set up in memory of Dawson Kirksey. Any donations can be made to the Dawson Kirksey Memorial Fund at the Bank of Evergreen.

The school is also holding a blood drive in honor of Dawson on Tuesday, February 22 from 8:30 AM to 1:30PM at Sparta Academy.

As of this report funeral arrangements are still incomplete.

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