Slain Springfield student remembered at prom, security increased

Classmates remember Jeff Wellington at Springfield Prom

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN)- Extra police officers and enhanced security measures are in place tonight at Springfield High School’s Junior-Senior Prom .

This after threats of violence – following the shooting death of a star football player, just days ago.

17-year-old Jeff Wellington was shot and killed Easter morning.

Police are asking for your help finding the gunman.

They believe 17-year-old Tyrin Hawkins is the one who pulled the trigger.

Springfield City Schools Superintendent Dr. David Estrop says there have been no credible threats.

But, Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies and Springfield Police could be seen in and around The Springfield House for Saturday night’s big dance.

Students had to be scanned with a metal detector wand and they had to show a picture ID before entering as students continue to cope with the loss of their friend.

“Jeff, he’s the type of person that would say, just keep living.  He probably wouldn’t want us to mope around and be all sad and stuff. Jeff was a very hyperactive person.  So, he wouldn’t want us to be all down.  he was never that type of guy,” explains friend Davonte James.

Even though he couldn’t be there, classmates remembered Jeff at Prom.

They wrote messages on a picture of him.

Jeff was named Honorary Prom Prince, a crown was presented to his date.

A song was also played in his memory.

“Certainly want to express our deepest sympathies to Jeff’s family.  On the other hand, this is for many, many the culmination of 4 years of school.  This is the Junior-Senior Prom and it’s a break, as you said, and a chance to have some fun,” comments Dr. Estrop.

Grief counselors were also on hand to support students.

Jeff’s Friends say he had a big dreams and it’s important for them to continue to celebrate his short but full life.

“I didn’t understand why it happened because Jeff was a good guy.  He was, he always wanted to make it out of Springfield, play college football.  He always talking about how he wanted to play in the NFL.  But, it’s great to see how many people are by his side and how many people really care about him,” says James.

Grief Counselors will also be on hand Monday at Jeff’s funeral at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Springfield.

They will also provide support on Monday and Tuesday at the high school.

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