Monday, June 10, 2013
Teen slated to be captain of football team at Newman Smith drowned in Lewisville Lake
A sign at a memorial on Saturday said: “Jaquis Jones. No. 51 on the field and No. 1 in our hearts.”
LEWISVILLE Jaquis Jones, 17, a Newman Smith Trojans football player who was going to be a team captain next season, drowned Saturday morning in Lewisville Lake.
Angela Shelley, director of strategic communications for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, said Jones was playing football with some friends at Pier 121 just northeast of Lewisville before daylight. She said the football went into the lake and he jumped in to get it.
According to one report, Jones swam several yards before going under. He never surfaced. Divers later recovered his body.
A crowd of several hundred people, including students, athletes, teachers, school staff members friends, and others, gathered on the practice field behind the school Saturday night to mourn the loss of the popular football player and to offer comfort to his family members.
Shelley said his immediate family consisted of his mother, Donna Jones, and a younger brother and sister.
Paul Ressa Jr., head football coach at Newman Smith, spoke briefly to the crowd. He said Jones was both a good athlete and a good person who had provided leadership for the team. He also said Jones was a good student who made good grades.
David Vazquez, who also was named to be a captain on next season’s football team, said he and Jones were best friends.
“He brought joy to everyone,” Vazquez said. “He didn’t need coffee in the morning. He would wake up with a smile and be full of energy.”
An emotional crowd gathered around Jones’ family members, many hugging each other, with several people heard weeping aloud from time to time.
Marcus Eaves, a minister for high school students at Prestonwood Baptist Church and chaplain for the Trojans, stood on bleachers and led the crowd in prayer.
A large sign on a fence at the entrance to the practice field read: “Jaquis Jones. No. 51 on the field and No. 1 in our hearts.”
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