TAMPA, FLA - The parents of a teenager hit and killed by a car spoke exclusively to ABC Action News about the tragic crash.
They want the world to know about their son, who was killed after school Friday afternoon. Tampa Police detectives are investigating the crash that killed 16-year-old Jephte’ Germain-Rogers.
It was his second day of school at Tampa Bay Christian Academy. His parent said this was his first year and he joined the school to play football. His parents said he was headed to practice Friday afternoon.
“The whole family … that’s here … [we] did not expect that at all,” Joel Germain, his father, said.
Authorities said the teenager was crossing Sligh Avenue. Officers said he was not on the crosswalk.
“We want everybody to be cautious. You have to pay attention again -not indicating that my son was not- .. accidents happen, you know, just be aware,” Aisha Rogers, his mother, said.
Saturday evening, family and friends gathered at a park to honor the teenager. His parents said they are grateful for the massive support they have received since Jephte’s death. Nearly 200 people attended the private vigil.
“We’re overwhelmed by the support and by the people who have shown up and called in less than 24 hours since our son passed,” Rogers said.
As police investigate the crash, his parents are leaning on their family, friends, and remembering how much their son wanted to help other people.
“He was humble. He could make people smile,” Rogers said.