Young life gone too soon

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MAHOMET — A community mourns the death of a high school student.

16-year old Jacob Hamilton was killed in a car crash in Douglas County. He was a junior at Mahomet-Seymour High School. 

Family and friends say he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

“He is an excellent student. He was a strong spiritual kid and a friend to many people, especially the soccer boys.” 

A young life taken from the community too soon. Brooks Marsh says Jacob was a role model to many.

“My son looked up to him and he mentored him some times. He was even a spiritual mentor to him as well. He would take him out sometimes and just say, ‘Let’s just talk Alec.'” 

Hamilton was driving along Route 36, between Tuscola and Camargo, when a dust cloud passed over the road. Officials say he was unable to avoid a collision and was killed.

“It’s a pretty huge loss for the community.” 

Marsh says it’s a tragedy for everyone. His son, Alec, is holding on to his last memory of Hamilton. 

“Alec, last night, I was hugging him and he said, ‘I’m so glad I hugged him when I saw him in the halls today.’ You know, those boys, sometimes they high five but sometimes they hug.” 

Hamilton played soccer for the Bulldogs. It was only fitting to have a vigil at the nets. A vigil nearly 1,000 people came to. Marsh says, as a father himself, it hurts to know he’s gone. 

“Nothing worse for a parent than the thought of the loss of a child and to grieve the loss with a mom who just wants to hold her son one more time. It’s very difficult.” 

There were counselors and comfort dogs at the school. The district says they will continue to be available for any student or staff member who needs them.

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