It is with heavy hearts that we write this article. When we post “In Memoriam” features, we usually write them to grieve the deaths of fictional characters of The Vampire Diaries — not a beautiful, talented, and egregious real-life 27-year-old woman who was taken from this world much too soon. Sarah Jones, a precious member of the TVD family, was working as a second camera assistant on the Greg Allman biopic, Midnight Rider, when she and her fellow crew members was tragically struck by a freight train while they were getting ready to shoot a scene on the tracks. The incident left everyone with serious injuries; unfortunately, Sarah’s were fatal and she passed away while being rushed to the hospital. “The
#TVDFamily lost a loved one today. RIP beautiful Sarah Jones,” TVD executive producer, Julie Plec, tweeted upon hearing the solemn news.
So who was Sarah Jones? According to her obituary, Sarah was a hard-working, friendly, and kind soul who enjoyed traveling the world and capturing special moments from behind her camera. Light-hearted and sweet, this West Columbia native had a shining personality and was always on the lookout for a brand new adventure. The following excerpt in particular truly captures who Sarah was as a person and how loved and respected she was among her peers and those who knew her: “To have HEARD of Sarah was a privilege, to have KNOWN Sarah was a blessing. It was to feel an energy that was infectious and kind. Although her physical being is no longer beside us, her smile and her love of life will forever transcend in all the lives of those she touched.”
While nothing can ever make up for the loss of such a vivacious spirit, remembering Sarah Jones’s ample creative contributions to the entertainment industry — as well as the positive impact she had on others — is a wonderful way to commemorate her memory. Hence, in honor of her earnest passion for filmmaking, Sara’s friends and family have rallied together to create a Facebook page called Slates for Sarah, where they have invited Sarah’s Hollywood colleagues far and wide to share film slates dedicated to her. The page already has garnered over 33,000 likes and shows such as Glee, Supernatural, Revenge, The Mindy Project, The Crazy Ones, Castle, Grimm, Downton Abbey, The Following, Scandal, TVD and many more have posted their heartwarming tributes and helped her legacy live on.
And that’s not all! Sarah’s amazing are currently distributing an online petition, campaigning not only for on-set safety but also for her inclusion in the 2014 Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ segment. You can sign it HERE to raise awareness and help ensure that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes Sarah and her well-deserved efforts to the TV and movie industry during the awards ceremony on Sunday evening.
Check out some photos of all the dedication slates below — as well as The Vampire Diaries cast and crew celebrating Sarah’s life — and please visit the “Slates for Sarah” page for more details on how you can help out. Many thanks!