An illegal immigrant is in Mobile County Metro Jail accused of killing a local school teacher in a head-on collision. The Mobile County District Attorney's office says Domingo Marcos, 16, killed Sonya Jones Monday morning on Highway 98 in Semmes.
Sonya’s friends say the loss still doesn't seem real.
"We do morning duty together and I was like she's never late," said Aja James.
Sonya taught at Living Word Christian Center Kingdom Academy, but she never made it to class Monday morning.
"You walk in here and I can't fathom that she's not going to be here," said James.
Investigators say 16 year old Domingo Marcos hit her head-on...
Sonja didn't survive.
"We miss her dearly," said school director Voncile Banks.
Prosecutors say Marcos is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who tried to claim asylum in Arizona in 2017. When he was a no show to his hearing, prosecutors say he was denied asylum and issued a final order of deportation. Authorities didn't catch up with him until Monday's crash.
"We've been praying for him as well because I don't know how can you deal with taking somebody's life like that," said James.
Aja James has been friends with Sonja since they were 9 years old, raised their daughters together and taught school together. Sonya's daughter, she says, is set to graduate Murphy High School this year and is doing as well as can be expected.
She says the loss is just as devastating to their students, who shared some of their thoughts today on the board describing Sonja Jones as understanding and kind.
"She was the most caring. She would look out for someone else before she looked out for herself," said James.
"She will be truly missed. She was dearly loved. And will always have a place in our heart," said Banks.
Marcos is charged with homicide by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. He's due in court Friday for a bond hearing. The state will request he not be released.