Friends, family celebrate 18th birthday of teen killed in Nocatee last year

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — Friends and family held a vigil for a teen who would’ve been celebrating his 18th birthday Wednesday.

Georgie Moreland was killed in a crash back in March 2021 at the intersection of Cross Town Drive and Preservation Trail. He died of his injuries after authorities say the car he was in went down a dead-end road and into the woods.

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Close to 50 people gathered at the crash site Wednesday to keep the teen’s memory alive.

“We lit little green candles because that’s his favorite color. We all do everything green for Georgie,” said Trinity Moreland, Georgie’s older sister.

Moreland misses her younger brother every day. She says it hasn’t been easy moving on without him.

“You wake up every day hoping that your family’s gonna be there every single day. And as the 10 months has gone on that he’s been gone, I’ve had to get used to a different life because I’ve always had him right there,” she added.

Moreland described Georgie as the life of the party. She says he could cheer anyone up.

“We probably would’ve went out. He probably would’ve wanted to go out to the club or ride his four-wheeler,” she said.

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According to Moreland, Georgie would’ve loved to see how many people showed up for him on his birthday.

“Full of life. That’s something you’ll never forget about him. He was just perfect all around,” she said.

Moreland’s family tells Action News Jax Georgie wasn’t wearing a seat belt. The family is encouraging others to make sure they always buckle up.

Florida Highway Patrol does not believe drugs or alcohol were involved.