A standout local high school football player celebrating the end of his junior year drowned at Lewisville Lake early Saturday morning.
Jaquis Jones, 17, was supposed to be a captain of the Newman Smith High School football team this fall. But on the night before the school’s graduation ceremony, students are in shock as they mourn his loss.
Classmates circled the football field Saturday evening not to celebrate a great victory, but to share a tremendous loss.
At least 200 young people attended the candlelight vigil for Jaquis, a standout on the Trojans squad.
One of the mourners was David Vazquez, Jaquis’ best friend and a fellow football player.
“He was a great kid,” David said. “He was like the funniest kid you could meet. He was outgoing… never sad.”
This was the first weekend of summer vacation for Jaquis, and the summer before his senior year, when he would be a captain on the Trojans football team.
Police were called to the Pier 121 Marina at Lewisville Lake after midnight Friday. Jaquis was there with friends.