HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WKRN) – Class doesn’t start until Tuesday, but Hopkinsville High School students were on campus Friday to remember a fellow student who died in a tragic accident.
“Jayvon was a beautiful young man. A helpful young man. He had respect for everybody. He would say ‘yes ma’am, no ma’am’ to everybody.” That is how Darlene Quarles remembers her nephew.
The 17-year-old Hopkinsville High School student was passionate about two things; family and football.
Jayvon died Thursday before football practice started.
“He wanted to play football. That’s all his dream was: football.”
He was helping move a heavy piece of equipment known as a lineman chute when it fell and hit his head.
On Friday, teammates, classmates, faculty and complete strangers gathered on campus to mourn.
Jayvon’s teammates released balloons into the air with messages on them.
“It happened here and it was tragic. And it happened around the other players. And that’s something they have to deal with as well,” said Curtis Higgins, principal of Hopkinsville High School.
Higgins noted that crisis counselors will be on campus when students return to class.
“It’s been stressful. No sleep” said Jayvon’s Aunt Darlene, but as tragic as the accident was, she says Jayvon died playing the sport he loved. “Like I told his mom. Y’all know that J wanted to play football whatever it took. If he had to die to play, he’d play.”
Jayvon was going into his senior year at Hopkinsville High. He had hopes to play college football after graduation.