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Silsbee students mourn death of classmate
SILSBEE-By: Leslie Rangel
The Silsbee community is planning a public memorial later this week to honor a student-athlete friends say always seemed to have a smile on his face while making them feel better.
Now, classmates say they'll try to do the same for the family of 18-year-old Jamarcus Myers.
According to state troopers, he was traveling East on Farm Road 418 at about nine yesterday morning, when he passed a vehicle in a no passing zone.
His truck crashed into another truck, head on.
Myers died at the scene.
The driver and three other passengers in the other vehicle were hurt.
They're at a Beaumont hospital.
Myers' closest friends are trying to remember the good times in this most difficult time of their lives.
"You always kept us laughing and your smile will forever remain in our hearts, RIP" read one student message.
"Fly high #56. Forever in our hearts, I love you," another student wrote.
Message after message covers the walls here at Silsbee High School.
"You have to know Jamarcus' voice to hear half all this stuff to make you smile or laugh, Tyler does the voice better in this one, you got to get him to do the voice, Jamarcus would ask him to do it because he thought it was funny too," Seth Adams, Myers' friend said.
Jamarcus Myers' classmates cling onto the happy memories of their best friend, who always carried a sense of humor.
"Man my dad bought me a new Lamborghini because he says he don't trust me with it," Tyler Theriot said in his best Myers impression.
They say Theriot did the best impression of Myer's voice, a young man who always put a smile on their faces.
"Never stopped smiling, never had anything bad to say," Adams said.
"When he smiled his smile would be so big his cheek would get real big," Patrick Reed, another friend said.
Myers died Easter weekend after a had on collision just West of Silsbee.
"He's gone, and there's nothing you can really do about it, that's probably the hardest part," Theriot says.
"It really shows that death don't have an age, it take you anytime," Reed said.
A death these young men say will not be easily forgotten.
"He will always be remembered, he will always be with us," Reed said.
Myer's classmates have planned a candlelight vigil in his honor.
It will be Thursday night at 7:30 at the high school football field.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Faith Temple Church in Silsbee under the direction of J B Coleman Memorial Mortuary in Silsbee.
The superintendent, Richard Bain, tells KFDM News the Region Five Education Service Center has brought in grief counselors from across the area to help students cope with the death of their classmate and friend.