East Central Boys Soccer
(St. Leon, Ind.) – A prayer vigil will mark the beginning of a somber week at East Central High School.
Word of Jacob Amberger’s death spread quickly among fellow students through phone calls, text messages, and social media.
Amberger, a junior student who recently celebrated his 17th birthday on September 29, was among two victims killed in a crash on State Road 46 at Lawrenceville Road on Saturday afternoon, only a couple miles away from the high school. Sources told Eagle 99.3 that Amberger was on his way to catch the bus to the team’s sectional championship game at Jennings County scheduled for that evening.
On Monday, classmates, teachers, and administrators joined in a prayer vigil for Amberger at the flagpole outside the high school prior to the start of classes. Students are also marking 17, Amberger's jersey number, on their wrists.
The funeral mass for Amberger will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Saint Leon. His visitation is scheduled for Thursday.
Friends have been posting their memories and prayers on a Facebook page which has quickly gained more than 1,400 likes.
"Getting so many likes in so little time shows how many people really cared for Jacob," the page said.
Both the East Central boys and girls soccer teams cancelled their sectional final games that were to be played Saturday evening. The girls game at South Dearborn has been rescheduled for Monday at 7:00 p.m., while a new time for the boys game has not yet been announced.
The second person killed in the car crash has been identified as James D. Johnson, 27, of North Bend, Ohio. A third driver involved in the crash, Waverly Jutzi, 36, of Sunman, was not injured.
Dearborn County Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the crash.