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2 people, Granbury High choir director and Azle elementary teacher, killed in crash

Jeremy Bowen (right) and Ashley Morrison (left) were killed in a car crash on Saturday night.
Jeremy Bowen (right) and Ashley Morrison (left) were killed in a car crash on Saturday night. Facebook

Two people, the choir director for Granbury High School and a music teacher at Hoover Elementary School in Azle, were killed in a car accident this weekend, according to multiple sources.

Jeremy Bowen, 28, and Ashley Morrison, 26, who were engaged, died in the wreck.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a trooper who was looking for loose livestock off Interstate 20 just west of Weatherford found the pair’s vehicle crashed at about 8 a.m. Sunday. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The initial investigation shows that their Chevy Cruze got into the center median and then went off an embankment and into a ravine before hitting the other side of the embankment, Sgt. Dub Gillum said in an email. He said Monday the couple were engaged to be married.

Investigators don’t know what caused the crash or exactly what time it happened.

Bowen and Morrison both taught music in public schools and were involved in their church’s choirs.

Bowen, the choir director for Granbury High School, previously worked at Granbury Middle School where he oversaw a program of seven choirs and more than 250 students. Before that, he taught at Guyer High School in Denton.

Morrison was involved in the choir at Acton Methodist Church, the church said on Facebook. Parents of several students who attend Hoover Elementary School said in various groups that Morrison taught music there.

Counselors and pastors will be available until 7 p.m. Sunday in the Granbury High School’s auditorium and at school until they’re needed.

Bowen and Morrison were remembered on social media as talented and deeply respected musicians.

“Mr. Bowen was a fantastic young man and choir director, and will be grieved by thousands,” Jessica Wark said.

Sharon Green said, “all who knew them will miss this beautiful, talented, precious couple.”

“I heard angels when I heard Ashley sing,” Pam Nurdin Hanst said. “AUMC was so blessed to have Ashley as a part of our choir.”

Granbury High School Principal Jeremy Ross said in a statement that Bowen was “a talented musician and an integral part of our Granbury choral program both as a director and accompanist for many years.”

“He will missed by his students and fellow teachers both at the high school and Granbury Middle School as well as by friends here in GISD and elsewhere throughout the community,” Ross said.

Bowen and Morrison graduated from Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

Bowen went on to study music education at Kansas State University where he was working on his Masters degree. In 2014, he studied collaborative piano in the graduate assistantship at Baylor University.

Bowen was also the co-director of music for First Christian Church of Granbury. He had been with the church since 2007, according to their website.

Last year, Morrison received her Masters degree in music from the University of Texas at Arlington, according to the Azle Independent School District.

In college, Morrison was one of eight students who were selected to joined the Southwest Division of the American Choral Director’s Association’s Collegiate Honor Choir, according to a news release from Tarleton.

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Nichole Manna, 817-390-7684, @NicholeManna
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