Springfield community buries heroic teen

Jeff Wellington funeral. (WDTN Photo)
Jeff Wellington funeral. (WDTN Photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – An outpouring of support for an heroic teenager was not dampened by the rain in Springfield Monday morning.  Mourners came to St. John Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate the life of 17-year-old Jeff Wellington, gunned down in the overnight hours of Easter Sunday.

Maria Walker said the shooting was senseless.  Her son Ronnie was a good friend of Wellington.  Walker was one of scores of hundreds who paid respects to Wellington’s life. The Springfield High School football star was shot to death as he was trying to break up a fight at an apartment complex.

The massive turnout at his home going is indicative of the positive life of a teen described as kind and fun loving.

Funeral service for Jeff Wellington.  (WDTN Photo)
Funeral service for Jeff Wellington. (WDTN Photo)

“I remember the last time I saw him I took him to the mall to buy Jordans [shoes]. He said he wanted a “J” on his so that he could be called, ‘Super Jeff'”, said Walker.

Springfield police say 17-year-old Tyrin Hawkins is the person who shot Wellington.   The act still numbs the community.

“I want kids to learn a lesson that violence has to stop,” Walker commented.

Police are still looking for Hawkins.

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