MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Students and teachers of Kirby Middle School are grieving after one of their former students died on Saturday.
The Green Dot Public Schools media person, Jocquelle Rodgers, told FOX13 Jacob Smith was killed in an accidental shooting. It is unclear what led to the shooting and where it took place.
The school posted on their Facebook page saying Smith was "an energetic student-athlete who was known for his bright smile, infectious laugh, and playful spirit. While he was socially popular, he was also an extremely intelligent honors student, who was a value add to our school's community. We would like to thank his family for sharing Jacob with us."
Kirby Middle School’s principal, Marian Williams, said the teachers, administrators and students are devastated.
“Jacob was so loved,” Williams said. “A lot of people are still in just shock and disbelief right now. My heart just goes out to the family.”
On Monday, Kirby Middle opened its doors to let the school community mourn the loss.
“He was an athlete. Very popular but so so incredibly smart,” Williams said. “He was one of the students that you look forward to coming back 10 years later like you know Jacob what great things are you doing?”
That’s something his teachers and administrators will now never be able to ask. Principal Williams said Smith was an honor-roll student who ran track and played football.
She told FOX13 a piece of Kirby Middle School was taken from her on Saturday.
“Here at Kirby we’re more like a family,” Williams said. “We pride ourselves on having strong relationships with students and parents. So, when things like this happen first thing in our hearts and our minds is just coming together and being there for our students.”
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