TAMPA, Fla. -- Family and friends are mourning the loss of a 16-year old boy in Tampa, who was killed while crossing the street on Friday.
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On Sunday, they gathered to remember Jephte’ (Jeff) Germain-Rogers in unique way he’d appreciate: playing football.
For Amiracle Everett, being around football brings back a stream of memories of her boyfriend.
“I feel lost. I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel,” Everett said.
She and Jeff were together for a year before he was hit by a car and killed while crossing Sligh Avenue.
"He was such a good person. So funny. Such a loving person. All he wanted to do was play football and make his family proud.”
That love of football prompted James Everett, Jeff’s trainer, to put together a training session in Jeff’s memory for Hillsborough County football players.
“I wanted to do something positive,” Everett said. “I was thinking that all these boys need someone at some point in time. Everybody goes through different things at different times, so I wanted to set something up.”
It’s something Everett hopes to keep doing in the coming weeks and possibly use it as a way to raise money for Jeff’s family.
Amircale says it’s a great show of support for someone taken too soon.
“We’re going to make it through,” she said. “We’re just trying to make it through. We know if he was here, he’d be mad at all of us for crying.”
Friends say the teen was a student Jefferson High School and was about to start a new school year at Tampa Christian Academy.