FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Students are mourning the death of a 13-year-old killed last Wednesday while on spring break with family friends near West Palm Beach, Fla.
Police said a 73-year-old driver struck and killed James "Jamie" McHenry as he crossed a busy road.
He was a student at Haynes Bridge Middle School in Alpharetta and a former student at Hillside Elementary School in Roswell.
Counselors were on hand Monday as students returned from break, many hearing about McHenry's death for the first time.
Channel 2's Mike Petchenik spoke to McHenry's parents at their north Fulton home Monday afternoon.
"He was just a great, all-around kid," said his mother, Christine McHenry.
The boy's parents talked about his quick wit and his talents on the lacrosse field.
"He made a lot of goalies reconsider their career choice," said his father, Jim McHenry.
He said his son excelled as a member of the Centennial Junior Knight Lacrosse Team.
"He would always play sports with me when I was bored," said McHenry's younger sister, Emily.
McHenry's parents said he would not want anyone to mourn his death, but instead remember the good times.
"I keep Jamie in my heart and live for my girls. That's what he would want and we'll miss him every day," said Jim McHenry.
A funeral Mass will be held April 10 at the St. Brigid Catholic Church in Johns Creek. A visitation is scheduled April 9 at Roswell Funeral Home on Mansell Road.
The Jamie McHenry Memorial Fund has been set up to help the family. Donations to the fund can be made at any Bank of America location.
Police in Florida did not say if the driver who allegedly hit McHenry is facing charges.
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