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Students, faculty release balloons in memory of Jacob Allan

Hundreds of Magee Middle School students remembered fellow classmate Jacob Allan Friday afternoon.

The seventh grader died last month after his rifle accidentally discharged.

His fellow classmates honored him by writing a poem in his memory.

"Sometimes we ask, 'Why not me?' Sometimes we just can't see. Someday we may understand why. Until then, from time to time, we may cry," one student told the crowd.

On the football field where 13-year-old Allan had played, those same classmates gathered with yellow balloons in hand, ready to release for him.

"It has been a long, hard process. Coming back to school and walking into the classrooms knowing he was not going to be there was really difficult," said Melinda Walker, family friend and secretary at Magee Middle School.

Rasheda Bell, the school's principal, said she's encouraged by the actions of her students during Friday's event, hoping that will outweigh the tragedy.

"Because of the great characteristics that Jacob contributed to the school family, we are going to start an annual award to award a student who exhibits those traits and characteristics that we want to see in all of our students," Bell said.

At the end of the program, Allan's family and the school's seventh graders released balloons into the air.

Then, as faculty members dismissed students to their buses, many of Allan's classmates stayed on the field a little longer to offer support to his family members.

"Their faith is very strong, and I feel like that is going to get them through the days ahead," Walker said.

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