WALKER -- Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, May 18, for a Walker High football star who died in an accident coming home from college.
Meanwhile, a list of benefits and fundraisers for the family of Jacobi Scott are growing.
Scott and Shelvin Keller, of LaPlace, died on Wednesday, May 8, in a traffic accident in Marshall, Texas. Both were on the football team at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan.
Visitation for Scott, who graduated in 2017 from Walker High, will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Revival Temple, located at 28521 Walker South Road. Funeral services will be at noon.
A repast will follow at Revival Temple.
City Councilman Eric Cook said fundraisers to help the family have been growing every day since the tragedy.
Cook’s son, Josh, now playing football at Southeastern Louisiana University, was a teammate of Scott at WHS.
To help Scott’s family, Walk-On’s at Juban Crossing will donate 10 percent of its sales from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15.
Diners can mention the fundraiser or turn in a flyer being circulated on social media for 10 percent of the cost of their meal to be donated.
On Friday, May 17, the Papa John’s restaurant on the Walker High campus will donate 20 percent of its sales to the family.
A GoFundMe account, “In Memory of Jacobi Scott,” has also been established. A dress day – paying $2 to wear something besides a school uniform – is slated at Walker High, and other schools are joining in.
A Twitter account for the WHS Class of 2019 is asking graduating seniors to help the family.
“Jacobi has held and will continue to hold a positive influence on everyone he encountered; many of us looked up to him. He was a mentor, brother and most importantly, a friend,” the post said.
“The Class of 2019 would like to put together a meal for Jacobi’s family. If you are interested in donating, please Venmo Smott7 or PayPal malloryott.”
Southwestern College football coach Brad Griffin also took to social media to mourn the loss of his two players.
“People have asked my wife and I if we are going to try and have a 3rd child in hopes of having a son,” he said. “My most recent response was ‘why when we already a 100+sons.’
“Unfortunately we lost 2 unbelievable great young men. RIP Cobi and Shel. (We love) you and you’ll never be forgotten.”
In 2016, Scott led Walker High to a 7-3 record and Class 5A playoff berth, ending the school’s 25-game losing streak in district play. He passed for 2,969 yards and 30 touchdowns, being named the co-MVP on offense for the All-Parish Team with Tyree Golmond of Denham Springs High.
A remembrance gathering was held at noon Friday in the Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College, according to a statement from college President Brad Andrews.
“Jacobi and Shelvin had many friends at Southwestern and have been described by fellow Builders as ‘two of the nicest guys on campus.’”
Andrews said Keller was a first-year student and referred him as a "wonderful presence."
Scott, majoring in computer science and digital arts. had assumed a leadership position on the team this spring, he said.
“This news is distressing – our community is tightly knit, we all share in the tragic loss of these two bright, strong, young men – two Builders,” Andrews said.
“It seems impossible to make sense of tragedies as devastating as this. In these moments of grief, it is important that we offer each other support and comfort.”
“We are working today to support Shelvin and Jacobi’s friends, teammates, and family members at Southwestern and beyond. Our hearts and our prayers go out to Shelvin and Jacobi’s families during this difficult time.”