South Georgia community rallies behind student following parents' deaths

Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 18, 2017

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WCTV) -- There was a line that extended beyond the door, and pizzas flying out of the oven by the dozens.

"We're just trying help him out the best that we can," said Billy Lane, owner of Uncle Bill’s Pizzeria.

On Tuesday night, dozens of people showed up to support one of their own; Jacob Brown.

Last month, the Brown's family vacation was cut short by a tragic car accident.

While driving in South Carolina, their SUV crashed into a semi-truck. Wayne and Jennifer Brown were killed. Jacob was in the back seat.

"It's crushing. I know it is," Billy said.

Uncle Bill’s Pizzeria opened its doors for people from the Bainbridge, Georgia community to come in and offer donations and support. Through the door walked all kinds of people, some who knew Jacob and others who only knew his story.

"As a father of three kids, all I could think about is what if I left my kids in that situation," said Lane Bush.

Jacob didn't want to talk with WCTV on camera; but there was a smile on his face, showing just how much the community support means to him.

“To know that there is a community that's behind you, it really presses upon me the importance of living in an area where you know your neighbors, and the people in the community. I'm thankful to be a part of Bainbridge," Bush said.

"He should keep moving forward, because he is seriously the smartest guy in our class. I am a senior with him, and you know he is really going to do great things," said Drew Lanier, a friend of Jacob's.

Things like graduating from high school, his parents will never get to witness. But no matter what, this community says it's standing behind Jacob for the long hall.

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