OAKHURST – A Facebook invitation from Kailyn Hammerling brought friends of Jacob Schumaker to the Oakhill Cemetary this afternoon to share memories of their lost friend.
Jacob lost his life on Saturday, Jan. 19, in a tragic accident while riding his skateboard near Yosemite Lakes Park. He was 17 years old.
As Kailyn waited by the Little Church on the Hill for others to arrive, she shared a bit about why she wanted this gathering to take place.“I know a lot of people liked Jacob, but some knew him really well,” she said. “I wanted to see some of those people. I just wanted some people to share the pain with.”
Kailyn described Jacob as carefree; someone who didn’t let a lot get to him. “He was a cool guy. A lot of people loved him. I think that’s the nice part about a small community; eveyone’s connected. When one person is hurt, everyone else hurts.”
A Facebook page has been set up to allow people to donate through Paypal to the Jacob Schumaker Memorial Fund to help the family with funeral and other expenses. http://www.facebook.com/jacobschumakermemorialfund
Destany Morgan, who is managing the page, posted this afternoon, “Hello All! We are proud to announce that we have raised $1,190 so far! A sincere thank you for your support. Please don’t stop donating!
“If any of you own a business at which you would like to hold a donation jar, please let us know. We would like to place a jar in your business or shop if you are willing to keep watch of one.”
Destany says jars will be placed at any locations throughout YLP that will accept one. “Hillside, the gas station, True Value, and the Fairway Cafe today. We will also be putting jars at all the schools in the mountain area and in Oakhurst and Coarsegold. A jar will be at Goldmine Pizza tomorrow as well as Vintage Chic and Coarsegold Market.”
If you would like to have a jar for the Jacob Schumaker Memorial Fund in your business, or if you would like to donate to help support the family, please visit the Facebook page to learn how.