SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) - Americus-Sumter High School felt a little emptier Monday after Eleventh grader Jamorrian Johnson passed away Saturday.
Grief counselors were at the high school to help students and staff deal with the passing of Johnson.
The school is making plans to honor him while remembering the impact Johnson left behind for the school.
An all-around good student, and athlete, that's how Johnson's high school principal and football coach described him Monday.
The memory of him that lives on: his ability to make people smile.
"It's a sad day. The halls are extra quiet today," said Kimothy Hadley, Americus-Sumter High principal.
"There's no laughter in the building. and that's the laughter that Jamorrian would spread, because we're missing him so much, it's a sad day," said Hadley.
The 17-year-old drowned while fishing at a pond in Sumter County.
The Panther Football team, now missing one of its linebackers, is hurting from the loss.
"We certainly, as a team, have some heavy hearts, but we're going to remember him and we're going to try to honor him the best we can," said Erik Soliday, head football coach.
The thing both Johnson's principal and football coach will remember him for, his ability to make people laugh, even in tough times.
"He was just one of those kids that was just full of joy, it seemed like, all the time," said Soliday.
"Very humble but happy young man, and he would make someone smile because his response to things was always with humor," said Hadley.
For those who knew him, the memories of Johnson on and off the football and baseball fields will live on forever.
"Tie ball game, versus Worth Co. Bottom of the ninth inning. He was at the plate. He hit a two-run homer. Two-run home run to win the game. And when he rounded the plate, and he got to home plate, he stopped and did a back flip onto home plate. The crowd and the stands went wild," said Hadley. "He's gone but he's not forgotten. He will truly be missed."
The football team and booster club are planning something special to honor Johnson and his family this Friday at the Panthers' last home game of the season.