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Echo Taps to be held for cadet killed in car accident

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Alexander Jones was a political science junior and the 2016-2017 Aggie Band Command Sergeant Major.

Echo Taps, a ceremony similar to Silver Taps, will be held tonight in the Quad in honor of Alexander Jones, a cadet who died in a car accident Sunday evening. 
Echo Taps is held in memory of cadets who have recently died within a few days of the death. It will take place at 10:30 p.m. on the Quad, rather than in Academic Plaza. A rendition of Taps will be played, though only once through and in a call-and-answer fashion. 

Jones was killed Sunday after crossing the centerline while traveling east on Highway 21 near the RELLIS campus and colliding with a semi truck, according to the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office. He died on scene. 
Jones was the incoming Aggie Band Commander and the 2016-2017 Aggie Band Command Sergeant Major. He was also a Ross Volunteer.
His loss has been felt by many and several Aggies are expressing their grief over Facebook and other platforms, including 2015-2016 Corps Commander Alyssa Michalke. 
“Although I received word of Alex’s passing yesterday afternoon, it still doesn’t seem real that a young man with such an outstanding character, a servant’s heart, and a positive attitude would be taken from us so soon,” Michalke wrote. “I had the privilege to talk with Alex numerous times throughout his sophomore and junior years, and he always asked me for advice on how to serve others better so they could grow and develop. His selflessness and maturity always blew me away, and it was my honor to become friends with such an exceptional Aggie.”
Cooper Cox, a junior Yell Leader and construction science major, also expressed his grief. 
“Alex was a son, a friend, member of the Corps of Cadets, member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and a Ross Volunteer that strived for excellence in everything he did,” Cox wrote on Facebook. “I do not understand how or why such an exceptional soul can be taken so soon. The only thing I can do is say ‘Here.'”
Corps Commandant General Joe Ramirez also made a statement regarding Jones. 
“All who knew Alex remember him as a sociable, confident young man who had a resilient work ethic and a good sense of humor,” Ramirez wrote on Facebook. “He was a very well-liked young man, and his loss will affect all of us for a long time to come.”
Ramirez’s full statement can be seen below. 

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