A “bright” high school senior from Illinois died Sunday morning after being punched at a party.
Jacob J. Arter, 18, was at a bonfire with 100 other teens Saturday night when the fist fight started, news station KMOV reported. Party-goers said that a 17-year-old former teammate struck Arter, who collapsed to the ground at the private clubhouse in Clinton County, Illinois.
“It’s an unfortunate tragedy that affects two families,” said Clinton County Sheriff Doug Maue.
Arter’s family is mourning his loss. He was enrolled at Central High School in Breese. The suspected student behind the attack also attended Central High School. That individual remains in juvenile custody.
People at Central High School were stunned that Arter is gone.
“He was very smart and nice. People liked to be around him and he was very involved in school. He played football and he did activities in school,” said Shawnee Zimmer, Arter’s schoolmate. “I was very shocked. I didn’t think that would ever happen here in the community.”
People said Arter loved football. He only had 20 days of school until he would graduate, with plans to attend college and play football there.