Friends, family remember Henrico teacher killed in crash
RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Good friends and household are remembering previous Henrico teacher and basketball coach who missing his lifestyle Friday night.
It’s a cellular phone contact no one ever would like to acquire. Phrase of the unexpected passing of a expensive pal, but that is the call Brian Hamlet gained. His finest close friend Cameron Jones died Friday evening.
Hamlet suggests 29-calendar year-outdated Jones was killed in a vehicle incident in the Richmond place.
“This is something I detest replaying in my head due to the fact you kind of nonetheless really don’t want to feel it is true,” Hamlet claimed.
Jones was a sixth-grade English teacher and boys’ basketball mentor at Elko Center School.
“He was beloved by everyone, every person understood him, he usually had a smile on his face, he was a incredibly amusing male, very pleasurable to be around,” Hamlet said.
Hamlet states Jones was recognized for getting a star on the basketball court docket.
He graduated from Patrick Henry Significant Faculty in Roanoke, exactly where his team produced the 2010 Group AAA point out semi-finals.
Jones also performed ball at and graduated from Radford College in 2016, where he later went on to demonstrate off his capabilities overseas in Denmark and the Czech Republic.
“You would have assumed he experienced springs in his legs. I’ve really observed him dunk on seven-footer,” Jones’s mate Christian Kirchman said.
Kirchman says he’s recognised Jones considering that elementary university.
He states Jones impacted not only so quite a few men and women on the courtroom but off it as well.
Kirchman claims Jones was a loving son, boyfriend, mate, mentor and father who devoted his lifestyle to his 3-12 months-outdated daughter.
“He liked his daughter. The moment he discovered out he was a dad, that is all he cared about. It was not basketball any longer, it was not anything else, it was just him being a father,” Kirchman reported.
Around the cell phone, Jones’ girlfriend MaKayla Foley tells NBC12 Jones cared so deeply for other individuals.
“He went earlier mentioned and past for other folks for people he liked,” Foley mentioned.
Foley states Jones taught at Henrico Faculties for about 5 a long time. She suggests he cherished his learners and was witnessed as a massive brother, mentor, and pal to several.
Henrico County General public Schools introduced a statement pertaining to Jones’ passing:
“Our hearts are with the Jones family members and the Elko Center School family members as they mourn the decline of their close friend, colleague, trainer, and loved one particular. School counselors are accessible all week to guide pupils who could require additional assist.”
Now, Jones’ family and close friends are having to picture a life with no him.
“He was the life of the celebration,” Jones’ friend Justin Lewis reported. “To know him was to like him.”
All those who loved him needed individuals to remember Cameron as a genuine soul total of daily life.
“He constantly took treatment of his persons, no subject what he had to do. He always created guaranteed all people was ok. He would support you out if he could,” Hamlet claimed.
“It’s just so surreal. Any person with these a excellent heart, these kinds of a wonderful person, so complete of lifetime, would give you the clothing off his back again and just to be long gone, just like that. It’s unlucky. It is just unfortunate,” Kirchman mentioned.
Funeral preparations will be held at Pilgrim Baptist Church, situated in Roanoke at 1415 8th St NW, on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m.
Two GoFundMe accounts have been developed for Jones’ funeral expenditures and to aid his daughter.
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