Mississippi high school mourns death of recent graduate who died more than a month after car wreck that killed classmate

Published 6:14 am Thursday, February 10, 2022

A Mississippi Catholic School mourned the death of two recent graduates — one of whom died Monday more than a month after a crash that killed a classmate.

Vicksburg resident and 2018 St. Aloyisius graduate Chandler Roesch died Monday due to injuries sustained in a Jan. 11 wreck that occurred on Fisher Ferry Road, about 2 miles inside Claiborne County.

Roesch was a graduate of St. Al and a student at Mississippi State University. He lettered in four sports in high school — soccer, cross country, track and field and baseball.

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Vicksburg resident Caroline Simrall Hood, also a St. Al graduate, was a passenger in the car and was declared dead at the scene.

Vicksburg Catholic School acknowledged the passing of Hood and Roesch in a social media post. Quoting Revelation 21:4, the school offered prayers for the Roesch and Hood families.

“We continue to pray for the families and friends of Chandler Roesch (Class 2018) and Caroline Simrall (Class of 2018) during this most difficult time,” the statement read.

Immediately following the wreck, Roesch was taken by ambulance to Merit Health River Region. He was then flown to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Arrangements for Roesch were announced Wednesday afternoon.

The visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home, 5000 Indiana Ave.

A funeral Mass will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Downtown Vicksburg.