The Silsbee community is grieving the loss of one of its own after a student died in a fatal accident Easter morning.
The accident happened around 9 a.m. Sunday on FM 418 west of Silsbee. According to a spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety, Jamarcus Myers, 18, of Silsbee was the driver of a 2001 Ford truck that was traveling eastbound on FM 418. The spokesperson said Myers passed another vehicle in a no passing zone striking a 2008 Dodge truck head-on. Myers was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the other vehicle was taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in unknown condition.
Purple shirts and purple posters filled the hallways of Silsbee High School in remembrance of Myers, one day after the teen's death.
Classmates, teachers and friends of Myers are hosting a 'Circle of Love' gathering Tues. April 22 at 7:20 a.m. and a Candlelight Vigil on Thurs. April 24 at 7:30 p.m.; both will be at Tiger Stadium.
Friend and teammate Andrew Tomas created a You Tube video to celebrate the life of one of his closest friends. Tomas said Myers will be remembered most for his magnetic personality and perpetual smile.
"He is the best person you would ever meet in your life," Tomas said. "If you had a chance to meet him, he would have changed your world."
Myers sported number 56 on the Silsbee football team for four years as a defensive lineman. When he wasn't playing football, friends say Myers' passion was his horses. According to friends, he was heading back to Silsbee from a weekend spent trail riding and was trying to make it to church for Easter services, when the crash that claimed his life happened.
Teachers, like Judy Honeycutt who had Myers in two of her classes, said that he was a trustworthy student who seemed to be friends with the entire school.
"He was respectful, he was friendly and he was a prankster but it wasn't to the point that would get him in trouble," Honeycutt said.
Myers also worked part time at Novrosky's in Silsbee. His co-worker, Keisha Sells said every time she was with him she had fun.
"He's up there watching us now," Sells said. "He's an angel, God makes no mistakes, he'll be OK."