JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Two schools. Two tragedies. That was the theme at Friday night's football game at Wolfson High.
"She was loved a lot. I still love her. Always," Talbert Jackson said.
An announcement was made before the start to honor Janay Jackson...a drum major and honor student at Wolfson and James Belyea...teacher and coach at Sandalwood.
Both meant a lot to each school. Two lives taken too soon.
"It's a great loss. We all miss him. This week was a really tough week," Sandalwood teacher Amy Rowett said.
Michelle Givens and Janay were best friends. They played the saxophone together since 6th grade and shared nearly every class.
She says her faith is getting her through.
"My goal is to always try to stay positive and lean on God in this and just show people, even thought I might be weak in this moment, I lean on God because he's strong for me," she said.
At halftime, Wolfson's band played "Man In the Mirror" and formed a J on the field. A podium with Janay's uniform stood front and center for all to see. Her family says it's a beautiful gesture for a beautiful girl.
Gone, but never forgotten.
"To do this in honor of her makes me feel good," father Jerry Jackson said.