Service for boy killed by lightning strike
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The football team at Southwest Florida Christian Academy comes together to celebrate the life of a fellow player Jessie Watlington, number 51 on the team.
“Jesse was a football player he loved that and all this took place at football practice.” Pastor Dr. Richard Powell said.
Jesse died over the weekend when his parents made the decision to remove him from life support.
Jesse was just 11-years-old.
Last Wednesday, Jesse was struck by lightning just as practice started. He spent days in a coma. The family took him off life support this past weekend.
Jesse’s parents were too heartbroken to speak today at the memorial service so others spoke instead and said the family is thankful for the days Jesse spent in ICU.
“God gave him 4 days to spend with their little boy to hug to kiss him.” one speaker said.
A life cut shot by unexpected tragedy over the past week thoughts and prayers came from around the world as Jesse's story gained international attention.
“When all this dies down that's when it's really going to hit the family they are in need of continued love and support.” Dr. Richard Powell said.
During the service, a memorial slides slow tugs at heartstrings from those in a crowed church.
The church's senior pastor Dr. Richard Powell wants Jessie's life to inspire others to make a difference and hopes everyone never forgets the little boy with a smile that just wouldn't quit.
“The memory of a young boy whose faith was strong, smile enduring and who is now in heaven with the Lord.” Powell said.