National Cornbread Festival launches support campaign for former, current South Pittsburg High School players killed in crash

Festival's $10,000 donation hoped to begin long-term commitment to helping families

A June 4 crash that claimed the young lives of four former and current South Pittsburg High School football players leaves behind lasting uncertainty for their families, and organizations in the town are spearheading a drive to provide ongoing help to the loved ones they left behind and the teen who survived the crash and is still recovering.

Jamal Allen, 20, Jayven Martin, 22, Sayveon Martin, 20, and Jailyn Pellam, 16, were killed when the 2010 Toyota Camry they were in crossed the centerline of South Pittsburg Mountain Road and struck a tree about 1:40 that Saturday morning, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol and school officials. A 17-year-old passenger, who hasn't been named, was airlifted to a local hospital and continues to recover.