Memorial held for Pike County High School student

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

It was a packed house in the Pike County High School gymnasium, but not because of a pep rally or basketball game, it was to celebrate the life of a fellow classmate.

"It was just sad to know that like you can die any day, it's sad to know out of all people I wouldn't expect him to go," said Anthony Raynolds.

Raynolds remembers his friend, 18-year-old Jarred Snell, as a guy who was great at P.E. The two had been friends since grade school and now Raynolds is still in shock his friend will no longer be next to him shooting hoops.

Snell was found unresponsive in his home last Wednesday. He was taken to Troy Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Less than a week later, friends and family gather to pay their respects.

Pike Co. High School Principal Mike Hall said, "Today we say goodbye to Bubba, but his spirit will continue to be with us here at Pike County High School for every time there is a basketball game or classroom activity, Bubba will be remembered."

The junior class listed 15 reasons why Bubba is their angel.

"You helped us realize how important life is, number two, God's needs someone to help Him nickname all the animals...and number 15, Bubba reminds us all that the work that God puts forth no man can stop."

While Snell may be missed by many, friends like Raynolds know he is watching down from above.

"I hope he's in heaven, I hope he's in heaven."

Snell leaves behind his parents along with two brothers and sisters.

Officials say an enlarged heart and an abnormality in a coronary artery could be to blame for the teen's death. They will not know for sure until a complete toxicology panel is finished.

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