Slates for Sarah: In Remembrance of The Vampire Diaries Crew Member Sarah Jones

Sarah Elizabeth Jones - Slates for SarahIt 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 Diariesnot a beautiful, talented, and congenial 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.”

Sarah Jones and Nina Dobrev on the set of The Vampire Diaries

Photo Credit: ‘Slates for Sarah’ Facebook Page

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!

Paul and Nina remember Sarah.

TVD cast and crew remember Sarah Jones


The Americans

Downtown Abbey

Parks and Recreation


Person of Interest

Midnight Special

Rizzoli and Isles

Long Island Medium


from Warren Beaty's film crew

The Secret

Slates for Sarah

Paul Wesley on behalf of TVD



Ian Somerhalder posts his condolences.


Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

The Crazy Ones

Chicago PD

The Mindy Project

Black Sails

Steven R. McQueen bids farewell to a good friend.

The Red Road

Remembering Sarah.

The Duke Boys


River City

Rookie Blue

from the medics on CSI

Slates from Paris

House of Cards

Starship Troopers

Lila and Eve

Hawaii Five-O

Person of Interest


Sarah's tragic passing is raising awareness about safety on TV and movie sets.


Timex's 'How To'


Duck Dynasty


Slate love from Italy.

Cologne, Germany

Halt and Catch



Slates from Germany.

RIP Sarah Elizabeth Jones

Criminal Minds

Devious Maids

Sara Canning posts her condolences.


Guy's Grocery Games


Brooklyn Nine Nine

Deadly Devotion


Safety for Sarah


More love for Sarah!

In the Club

Greetings from Puerto Rico.

Penny Dreadful

Folye's War

Anger Management

RIP Sarah Jones



  1. Tammy Whitlow Said:

    So sorry for the loss of this beautiful woman. My prayers go out to her family and friends. May she find rest.

  2. Jessica Parker Said:

    I just lost my 2 year old niece so I’m mourning to so my thoughts an prayers go out to ya’ll that ya’ll get through this alright an find a way to keep thinking happy thoughts about how she was she would have wanted it that way I’m sure. Good Luck an my condolences.

  3. Theo Said:

    @Jessica Parker So sorry to hear about your niece. Absolutely heartbreaking! Sending condolences and prayers to you and your family.

  4. Marym Said:

    I am really sorry for your lost TVD cast its must be hard losing someone I know the feeling
    I lost my uncle from brain cancer he died in Palestine my mother never got
    To see him we missed very much hope fully you guys all stay strong and carry on the filming in her name rest in peace sarah :(

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