Vigil held for Campo teen killed in crash

Posted at 6:12 PM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 21:12:40-04

Friends and family are holding a candlelight vigil for a star football player who was killed when he veered off Interstate-8 and rolled his car down a steep ravine. His grandfather found his body a short time later.

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Jimmy Will was a running back on the varsity football team at Mountain Empire High School.

"When we got the news, I didn't believe it at first, I still don't believe it," said Cameron Will.

Cameron Will is shocked and saddened about his brother Jimmy's passing. He remembers the last time he ever spoke to his brother.

"On my way to bed, his bedroom is right there and I remember he poked his head out the doorway and said, 'Goodnight bud, I love you.' That was the last time I spoke to him," said Cameron Will.

The next morning, Friday, Jimmy went to visit his grandmother. California Highway Patrol officers say it was raining when he veered off I-8 a few miles from his home, and rolled down a steep ravine. His family got concerned when he never showed up to his grandmother's, and his grandfather found his body.

Cameron Will said, "It's some of the hardest news I've ever gotten."

Jimmy was thrown from his car and he was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the CHP. Friends and family are remembering Jimmy as a star running back on his high school's varsity football team. The senior had just been accepted on a scholarship to George Fox University in Oregon. Jimmy was excited to start school.

He had two jobs and loved the outdoors. His brother says he was quiet but enjoyed playing pranks.

"I remember one time we were in the room and Jimmy told me to pull the bungee cord. He'd be like, 'this is fun, pull the bungee cord.' So all of a sudden he lets go and it smacks me in the eye,'" said Cameron Will.

Jimmy leaves behind his mother, father and three younger siblings.

"I hope everyone remembers him as a good heart and a good football player," said Jimmy's sister Faith.