Jake Jahn, a student who attended high school in Marysville (about 10 minutes from Port Huron), passed on Monday night when his car hit a cement bridge.
I know that sounds kind of cold coming off the page.
I did not personally know him, but many of the youth in the youth group did. He was 17, I believe captain of the swim team, good grades, and well loved by the community. My housemates, Jeremy's supervisor at Community Mental Health, left work to go be with the family when it happened as she is the crisis person. It is all very tragic and the youth are taking it very hard. Needless to say I scrapped my original youth group plans for the group tonight to be present with them and our grieving, but I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing.
The community feels a lot like it did in my hometown after the Frontier Middle School shooting that took place in Moses Lake when I was the same age as my elementary students. Obviously it's a very different scenario and I would never say the two are the same, but the way the community is responding is similar. So much shock, especially in these young people's lives.
And you have to wonder what was the reason. To my knowledge there wasn't a note and I don't know if there was any bullying involved or mental illness. So far it doesn't sound that way? Please keep the youth and myself in your prayers.