The Friday night football field at North Webster High became a sea of candle light while players, students, and community members came out to pay tribute to their fallen knight.
A candlelight vigil was held in Springhill in honor of Jaylen Thomas who was killed Monday night after a fellow class mate shot him.
Dozens of people joined Jaylen’s family and team mates to honor his memory. His coach said even when Jaylen got hurt earlier this year, he still came to every practice.
“The good Lord gave me the opportunity about three hours before he lost his life the other day to sit with him for about 25, 30 minutes to have a conversation about next year, what he was going to do and where we were going to go as a team and he was just so excited about it. To lose that hurts, it’s devastating … but he’ll be honored here as a North Webster Knight forever,” said John Ware, head football coach of North Webster.
Jaylen was only 17 when he passed away, but he was well known in the community for his personality and skills on the field as Number 24 for the Knights. He injured his leg earlier this year but his family and friends said he never stopped training because football was his ultimate passion.
Springhill police said he was killed Monday night outside of the Harrison Chapel while he was walking back to work from his break at the local Sonic. Detectives discovered he was shot by fellow classmate Joshua Lewis over an argument that started at school.
Jaylen’s family and friends said he was a hard working, young man with a great sense of humor, who helped take care of his mom and two younger brothers.
Funeral services for Jaylen are Sunday at the North Webster gymnasium.