MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Crisis counselors were available Monday at Deerfield Beach High School after a 15-year-old football player was shot and killed at his grandfather’s funeral over the weekend.
Riviera Beach police say someone opened fire at the Victory City Church on Saturday, killing two people and injuring a woman.READ MORE: As US Confirms First Omicron Case, CDC Works To Step Up Testing Requirements
One of the victims was 15-year-old Terrance Jackson. He played football at Deerfield Beach High.
Tronicia and Terrance Jackson, losing their only son Terrence, who went by TeeJay, right in front of their own eyes.
TeeJay was shot in the neck.
“When I got there, I started taking his bow tie off and he was looking at me and I said, Terrance, just breath, Okay?” said Tronicia. “He shook his head. I said mommy loves you, just listen to me. Don’t leave me OK? Just breathe baby and he shook his head.”
TeeJay’s dad, Terrance Jackson Sr had this to say, “At that moment, his whole life flashed in front of me. I can remember him being born, I was there. And to see him take his last breath… it’s just too much.”
Police are saying very little. TeeJay’s parents tell us this stemmed from a family feud, spilling over from a fight the night before.
Tronicia had this to say about TeeJay, “He never bothered anybody. He never hung out, he never was involved in drugs, alcohol, guns, nothing. My baby has never been in trouble with the law or anything. He’s always been an outstanding kid.”
TeeJays dad tells us his son was an incredible football player with a great future ahead of him. Aside from his accomplishments on the field, his dad says he was just a good kid.READ MORE: Arrest Made In Miami-Dade In Connection With Murder Of Palm Beach Gardens Boy
“His legacy to me is just being a hard-working tough kid, who just wanted everybody to be great. He just wanted everybody to be happy.”
A 47-year-old man, Royce Freeman, was also shot and killed.
Jackson had reportedly decided not to go on a team trip to several colleges so he could attend his grandfather’s funeral in Palm Beach County.
The church pastor says they had brought security guards in after learning there could be trouble among some family members.
The shooting took place after the guards left, police said.
Authorities are still looking for the gunman, but police say they have several leads.
This is the second tragedy for Deerfield Beach High. Back in December, another football player Bryce Gowdy took his own life.
Jackson’s family have set up a gofund me page to help with the costs involved with his funeral. Click here if you would like to help.MORE NEWS: Asian American Artists Celebrated During Art Basel: 'Through Hardships, We Could Look At Diversity And See It As Strength'
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