A popular Madisonville High School student and football player is being remembered after drowning in a pond Saturday afternoon at a church gathering.
News 3 discovered how the community is coping with the death of 15-year-old Jarad Davis.
He was a teen who friends say had a zest for life.
Jarad Davis' classmates returned to school Monday morning at Madisonville High School for the first time without their friend.
"He'd been there before, he knew how to swim," said Thom Jones, Chief of the Madisonville Volunteer Fire Department.
More than 40 students and 20 adults had gathered for a Madisonville Christian Fellowship Church back-to-school gathering at a home on Thunderbird Lane with several swimming in a pond.
Madisonville Fire Chief Thom Jones' daughters are also in the youth group.
"We don't know what caused that but he just immediately went down," Jones said.
Several adults jumped in the pond but couldn't find Jarad for more than four to seven minutes. Responders were able to get a pulse back but he died after being flown to Temple despite the efforts of three nurses and two firefighters at the gathering.
Madisonville Head Football Coach Greg Morgan saw him every day at school where he played football and basketball for the Mustangs.
"He's one of those young guys that you think will have a bright future not just a bright future in athletics but a bright future overall," Morgan said.
His memory is being kept alive in the JV football locker room where his name still sits on the door to his equipment locker.
Counselors and pastors are available for students at Madisonville High School as well as the Junior High and students will be given an excused absence to attend the funeral Wednesday with a parent's note.
"We're lucky most of the times we don't know our victims but this situation everybody there did know who he was so it was very emotional," Jones said.
"Tragedy brings closeness and hopefully that'll be the same thing for us," Morgan said.
A community turning to their faith and each other after an outcome they can't explain.
News 3's thoughts and prayers go out to Jarad's family and friends.
Visitation is set for Tuesday from 5-8 P.M. at Day Funeral Home
The funeral is set for Wednesday at 2 P.M. at First Baptist Church in Madisonville.
Donations are also being accepted at Madisonville Christian Fellowship located at:
206 N. McIver Street
Madisonville, TX 77864
For more information you can call (979) 587-0905.
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