Mourning Loss Of Murdered Classmate


By Sarah Cantey

 It's back to the books at Goshen High, but it's anything but back to normal. Each senior wore a purple and gold ribbon in memory of their classmates

Bart Snyder, football head coach said, "A hard worker, a dedicated young man...and even though biologically I'm not his father, I feel that we as coaches are their fathers. It hurts but I just cannot imagine, never would of thought anything like this right here."
The unimaginable happened Saturday morning when Sammy Jackson was shot and killed in his own home. Deputies believe his father pulled the trigger of the 12-gauge shot gun. Sammy had just gotten home from Goshen's play off game. 
Bart Snyder said, "To have been with a kid within a matter of 6 hours and then to find out that I wont be able to be with a child again it's very difficult." 
Dr. Warren Weeks, Goshen High School Principal said, "I think that the kids are leaning on each other very well, teachers are leaning on each other. This community comes together in situations like this and I think there is a lot of support here." 
It's a situation the school has handled already once this year, dealing with the death of faulty member Dee Hughes- who lost her battle to cancer and now the death of a student. 
 Weeks said, "You can't comprehend and you just have to do what you can to help those around you." 
Counselors were on hand and many students took to Twitter posting pictures and messages, remembering a life cut short. 
Bart Snyder said, "One teacher even said if there's ever been an angel to walk the halls of Goshen high School, Sammy was that person because he was always so thoughtful of the other person more than himself." 
Also during that Saturday morning shooting, Sammy's 16-year-old brother was shot in the leg. He's been released from the hospital. Sammy's funeral will be held Saturday morning at 11 in the Goshen High School gym. 
PHOTO CREDIT for Pictures- Tonya Gibson
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