A Georgia teen was killed after playing a dangerous car jumping game, police said (video below).
Kobe Thomas, a 16-year-old Floyd County teen, was reportedly playing a game that involved jumping over a moving car. Officers received a call around 10 p.m. about the incident, and confirmed a short while later that Kobe died from injuries sustained in the stunt. There were four other teens involved in the incident, and officers have not yet determined whether charges will be filed.
“I just feel like he’s an angel now,” Demetria Almond, Kobe’s mother, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Friends remembered the teen as someone who could put anyone in a good mood.
“If anyone could make me happy, Kobe could,” said classmate Tae Hammond. “If you were down, he could put a spark in you.”
Kobe's basketball coach, Zach Mendence, credited his mother for her son’s infectious personality.
“She is a great role model,” Mendence told the Rome News-Tribune. “She was always involved, always supportive. I love this kid. This has been a devastating time for me, for everyone in the area that knew him. You wonder how something like that can happen to such a fantastic kid.”
Kobe's basketball team said they planned to retire his jersey, and the school also planned a moment of remembrance during a bonfire.
“The mood has been somber today,’ principal Scott Savage said following Kobe's death. “He was here only a short time, but he made a huge impact, making many friends. I wish we could have had him here longer so we all could have gotten to know him better.”