Jefferson County teen remembered by classmates

By Ashley Nix

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - 18-year old Brandeis Burns was killed Friday night on Interstate 59 when police say she might have been trying to turn around on the interstate.  Trussville officers pronounced the high school senior dead at the scene.  

Burns was a star student at the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, where she was a captian of the colorguard, National Merit Scholar and member of the band.  Principal Jane Baker says tragedy.  

"Its a life cut short by a tragic event," Baker says.  "All the joy she brought people and sometimes you don't realize that," Baker says.  "You think that's my child or student and you don't realize how everybody impacts everybody."  

The news is affecting students..grief counselors were available Monday and telling students it's okay to be upset.  "Every moment is important, do your best and do what's right she did," Baker said.  "She did and that's all you can ask of anybody."

The family and school are truly in mourning.  Burns father, who's in the military, is now making the long trip back home, knowing his daughter passed away.  

"He's on his way home was in Iraq, a part of the guard," Baker said.  "He deployed in December, I believe and is on his way home.  That's a tough homecoming right there."

Burns was a member at More than Conquers Faith Chapel.  The pastor there asks for prayers for the family during this tough time.

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