“He was a beautiful person. He had a beautiful attitude. Every time you saw him, he had a smile on his face,” said Corrine Jackson Thomas Lincoln, Jaylen’s grandmother.
Family and friends are grieving the loss of 17-year-old Jaylen Thomas who was taken too soon.
They said what started as an argument at North Webster High School escalated to a shooting at a nearby chapel.
Springhill police are still looking for who shot and killed Thomas while his family is devastated about losing him only two months before his 18th birthday.
They said he loved playing football for North Webster and was good at it, becoming an all-district player by his Sophmore year. They want the person who did this to come forward.
“He was a good, positive, cool kid. Never got into trouble. Went to school, went to work, and played ball. He loved football to death. He wanted to go to college to be a football player and make something better of his life and get his mom out,” said Ja’Braylyn Gibson, Jaylen’s cousin.
Family and friends of Jaylen gathered outside of his home in Cullen. They said he had one year left of high school and had big plans after graduation. He broke his leg while playing this year, but still wanted to make football a career.
“He was as loyal as you could get. Never going to turn his back on you. Great friend. Only thing he wanted to do was get better at football,” said Sam Plants, Jaylen’s best friend.
Police said Thomas was shot several times outside of the Harrison Chapel off Patterson Street in Springhill.
Family members said it was senseless.
“I’m hurting. My heart is hurting, my whole family is hurting, friends, and for whoever did this to him… I hope God bless them. Step forward and be a man and deal with the consequences,” said Corrine Jackson Thomas Lincoln, Jaylen’s grandmother.
His mother said he’ll be greatly missed by the entire community.
“My son was a very loved individual and I’m so blessed to be his mom. The world suffered a great loss. Not just his family, brothers and myself, but his teammates, classmates, coaches and teachers,” said Danicka Kashun, Jaylen’s mom.
“His mom always said she’s about that Knight-life, number 24,” said Alecia Smith, Jaylen’s aunt.
The shooting is still under investigation.
Springhill police were limited in the information they could provide but said they’ve been chasing leads since last night.