Friends remember 'fun, fearless' 10-year-old killed in shooting accident

Friends remember 'fun, fearless' 10-year-old killed in shooting accident
Kayla Crow
Kayla Crow

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - What Kayla Crow remembers most about 10-year-old Jackson Roberts is his high spirits at the Lubbock Southwest Little League games her brother played at.

"He was quiet," she said, "but he was smiling."

Crow received tragic news over the weekend when her mother called and told her that Jackson had been fatally shot by his brother in an accidental shooting in a hunting cabin outside of Childress on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

"When she told me who it was, I mean, I watched this kid grow up," she said. "I remember seeing Jackson on top of the batting cages at Southwest, and just going 'Man, that kid is fearless,'" she said. "He's fun, but he's fearless."

Jackson was a 4th grader at Roscoe Wilson Elementary.

Outside of the classroom, his teammates at Southwest Little League gathered at their fields to remember Jackson and pray with his number, 51, displayed on the scoreboards.

"That speaks tremendous amounts about not just the type of kid he is, but the family, too," she said, "and how much they're loved - how much he was loved not just by the Southwest team, but by everyone."

Jackson's teammates will keep his memory alive, Crow said, and will stand behind the Roberts family during this difficult time.

"We've got to be strong for them because we know what it's like to lose a family member and having that strength for us," she said. "So now we're going to be there for them with whatever they need."

A memorial service for Jackson will be hosted at 11 a.m. Thursday morning at Lake Ridge United Methodist Church.

Crisis counselors will be available all week at Roscoe Wilson Elementary.

Click here to make a donation to the Jackson Roberts fund.

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