BACONTON, GA (WALB) - Family and friends gathered together in Mitchell County to celebrate the life of a Baconton Community Charter student by holding a 5K event. More than 70 people came to show their support.
Jackson O'Quinn lost his life in January during a hunting accident.
"It's been a lot easier than I ever could of imagined. Just from the support that we had from this community," said his father Ashley O'Quinn.
Rashelle Beasley organized the event. Running was one of Jackson's passions.
"We wanted to celebrate his life as well as raise money for some of his favorite organizations," said Beasley.
At the end of the race, a cake was brought out to remind people that Jackson would have been 14-years-old in September. His mother said that the event is a bittersweet reminder.
"It just reminds me of him being in cross country and finishing the race.
He's just an amazing kid all around," said his mother Kacey Snipes.
Snipes said that her son was competitive with a go-getter spirit. O'Quinn describes him as a reflection of himself.
As they celebrated Jackson's life, it was also a reminder to the family of how thankful they are for their community.
Event organizers said they plan to host the event in 2016 closer to his next birthday.