Geneva community mourns death of Mulkey Elementary student

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GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — A community mourns after a six-year-old Geneva girl was mortally wounded inside her family’s East Latimer home Sunday morning.

Geneva Police Chief Tony Clemmons said that it appears the victim, Christa Screws, was killed on accident

The child was transported to Wiregrass Medical Center in Geneva where she was pronounced dead.

Following the child’s death, Ronald Snell, Geneva City Schools superintendent, released a statement offering support for the Screws family.

Geneva City Schools is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of 1st-grader, Christa Screws. There are no words that can express our sadness at the loss of a child, especially one so young. We join the entire Geneva community in offering prayer and support to the family. While this will be a difficult time for the Panther family, in a town like Geneva, people pull together and support each other as they work through these painful situations.

Christa will be greatly missed and will be remembered fondly. Mrs. Crews, Christa’s teacher, said, “She was the sweetest child. Her smile lit up our classroom. She was so smart and so kind. She was always excited to be at school, and she was always telling me about the new things she was learning. She loved her family, and always spoke of the things they got to do together. We recently did a brown bag activity to tell about ourselves. She brought bubbles, seashells, her favorite candy, and a bookmark she had gotten at church. She said she loved to blow bubbles with her younger brother, and the seashells were from a beach trip she took with her family. She loved banana Laffy Taffy and going to church. She loved everyone and smiled constantly. Christa was a beautiful child inside and out.”

Mrs. Seay, Mulkey Elementary principal, said that “Christa was bubbly, full of life and a child that never failed to speak to others. She will be missed! Heaven gained an angel!”

Counselors will be available this week to offer support and guidance to Christa’s friends and classmates, as well as the faculty and staff. Everyone needs time to process this tragic loss. Please join us in prayer for Christa’s family and friends.

Ronald L. Snell
Superintendent, Geneva City Schools

Clemmons said the investigation continues and will remain open until the autopsy is completed this week by the Alabama Department of Forensics.

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