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Prince George’s County and surrounding areas react to loss of three Wise HS graduates in crash – NBC4 Washington

Early Saturday morning, a tragic accident in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, claimed the lives of three teammates and graduates of Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School.

Anthony “AJ” Lytton, Isaiah Hazel and Khyree Jackson were together in a brown Dodge Charger that went off the road during a three-car crash early Saturday morning.

The trio were family men and both were incredible athletes. Before their college and NFL teams sent them across the country, they had been on the Wise High School football team and won a state championship together.

The heartbreaking news of their deaths shook the victims’ families, the Prince George’s County community, the college football world and the NFL.

“He always had high aspirations,” Jackson’s grandfather, Anthony Jackson, told News4.

Khyree Jackson’s entire family was proud of her accomplishments.

“I was doing the best I could,” Anthony Jackson said. “In life and with family.”

“We’re going to try to get through this the best we can,” Anthony Jackson said, his voice breaking as he cried.

The three players remained friends and continued to hang out together when they could, according to their former football coach and Wise teacher, Dalawn Parrish.

“Isaiah had an infectious attitude,” Parrish said. “He was extraordinary. Everyone loved being around him.”

“AJ was a phenomenal athlete, he could do anything he wanted to do. Khyree had incredible belief in himself.”

Prince George’s County Schools released a statement Saturday night.

“PGCPS mourns the loss of Dr. Henry A. Wise High School alumni Khyree Jackson (Class of 2017), Anthony Lytton, Jr. (AJ) (Class of 2018), and Isaiah Hazel (Class of 2019),” the statement read. “Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with their families during this difficult time.”

Jackson was a rookie cornerback who was just selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft.

Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell issued a statement after the fatal crash.

“I am absolutely devastated by this news,” the statement read. “Khyree brought an infectious energy to our facility and to our team. His confidence and engaging personality immediately endeared him to his teammates.”

Jackson was a starting cornerback at the University of Oregon and played at the University of Alabama and Fort Scott Community College.

Lytton was a cornerback from Upper Marlboro who played for Penn State and Florida State.

The Penn State football team paid tribute to Lytton, saying, “The Penn State football family mourns the loss of former Lions player AJ Lytton. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, high school and everyone involved.”

Hazel, a defensive back, played four years at the University of Maryland before finishing his college football career at UNC Charlotte. He was still pursuing his dream of being in the NFL.

The UMD football team remembered Hazel, saying in part: “The Maryland football family mourns the passing of former Terp Isaiah Hazel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Isaiah’s family, loved ones and everyone involved in last night’s traffic accident…”

In a statement posted on Threads, Maryland Governor Wes Moore said he mourns the loss of the three souls.

“Maryland is heartbroken by the loss of Khyree Jackson this morning,” the statement read. “Khyree, a Wise High School graduate and NFL draft pick, was a true talent who touched so many lives. We grieve for him and the two other souls lost in this accident. The First Lady and I carry their families in our hearts.”

County executive and current Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Angela Alsobrooks said she was “devastated” by the crash.

“We are devastated by the news of the tragic passing of Khyree Jackson, Isaiah Hazel and Anthony Lytton Jr., all proud Wise High School alumni,” Alsobrooks’ statement read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Tributes continue to pour in hour by hour as the various teams affected by each of the three men process the tragedy.