Buncombe Co. mourning the loss of music teacher killed in crash

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – Tributes are pouring in for a beloved music teacher with Buncombe County Schools who was killed in a crash Thursday afternoon.

“His dream was to teach and inspire kids to do great things and I felt like he really inspired me,” said Logan Alexander, a Fifth Grader at Eblen Intermediate School.

It was a place where Jason Minnix taught the power of music and inspired a lot of young minds like 11-year old, Logan Alexander.

But now students like Alexander will only see him in their memories and pictures. He died in a crash that happened near the school’s entrance.

West Buncombe Fire Department fire officials said they were responding to a fire at Erwin High School when they were involved in a deadly crash.

According to a post on the fire department’s Facebook page, the crash happened at about 3:30 p.m. on Lees Creek Road near the entrance of Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School.

The firefighters rendered emergency care to the driver of the other vehicle before they were taken to an area hospital, the fire department said.

The victim has been identified as Jason Minnix, who was a music teacher at Eblen Intermediate School, according to Buncombe County Schools.

For a lot of students, hearing this news isn’t easy. Tributes have since been pouring in from both current and former students.

Some of them left balloons and flowers to pay their respects by the school’s sign. Many of them told 7 News, Minnix was their favorite teacher who made them believe in themselves and find their unique voices.

A handful of student’s parents also told us about the impact he had on their kids. They said he has inspired so many of them to get involved with music.

The school district released the following statement:

Buncombe County Schools and Eblen Intermediate School extend their sincerest condolences to the family of Jason Minnix, a beloved member of our school community. He will truly be missed. Mr. Minnix passed away after being involved in a car accident Thursday afternoon in the vicinity of Eblen Intermediate. A crisis team will be available on Friday and throughout next week for students and staff who need support during this difficult time.

Mr. Minnix taught music at Eblen for three years. He will be remembered as a compassionate and creative teacher who cared deeply for his students. He understood the power of music and the arts and hoped to inspire his students to find their unique voices.

β€œJason Minnix was a kind and gentle soul,” said Principal Jeremy Stowe. β€œHe was always eager and willing to help out around the school. Mr. Minnix had a love for music and was very talented.  From this combination, he created many imaginative and interesting lessons for his students.”

The family asks for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. The school will plan a memorial for Mr. Minnix at an appropriate time.

None of the firefighters were injured during the crash, according to the Facebook post.

The fire department released the following statement:

It causes great sadness to learn about the loss of life of the driver from yesterday’s accident. Our firefighters take pride in serving our community and helping those in need. To be part of such a tragic event deeply affects all of our firefighters and our sincere condolences go out to the family, friends, and co-workers of the driver. We join our community in mourning the loss and offer prayers of healing for all.

From The Office of the West Buncombe Fire Chief

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