Community in Mourning After Four Killed in Robertson County Accident

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

The wreckage may be cleared, but the pain it caused is far from over.

Friends and family are mourning the loss of a Calvert grandmother and her three grandchildren.

Daisy Jackson, 64, Starr, 4, DeMonyea, 3, and DeVonte Jackson, 10, were killed when their car clipped an 18-wheeler sending it into oncoming traffic.

"This has rocked this community," Minister Alvin Wells said.

"We have just loss a wonderful woman and some beautiful kids," Family friend Cora Johnson-Jenkins said.

It was just a few short hours before the horrific accident that Cora Johnson-Jenkins remembers watching her grandchildren, and her best friend Daisy Jackson's grandchildren playing outside her front door.

"They all play, they fuss over their bicycles," Johnson-Jenkins said. "Yesterday morning they were at my house."

Hours later Jenkins' whole world changed. Daisy Jackson and three of her grandchildren were killed in a car accident on their way to Bryan.

"I love them with all my heart, and to me this is all I had. She was a wonderful person and the kids were so good," Johnson-Jenkins said.

"These people virtually loss their whole family," Wells said.

All but one....

"Please come back De'Venna," a second grade classmate said.

Calvert second grader, De'Venna Jackson, whose classmates wrote messages of sorrow and well wishes for her recovery.

"The class the child's been in it's been pretty traumatic," Calvert ISD Principal George Sheldon said.

That's because students have already lost one of their classmates, De'Venna's 10-year-old brother, DeVonte.

"For a couple of fifth graders that was their best friend," Sheldon said.

But for close friends and neighbors of the family, the memory of their loved ones will live on forever.

"Something good is going to come of this. God always has his ways of doing things,"Wells said.

Friends hope that "good thing" is De'Venna.

De'Veena Jackson, 7, was air lifted to Scott and White in Temple Thursday night. Friends say she suffered several broken bones and also underwent surgery early Friday morning.

The driver of the other vehicle, has been treated and released from St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan.

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