Copper Hills High student remembered on first day of class

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- The first day of school took a sad turn for one Utah high school.  14-year old Jacob Santos died over the weekend in a car crash just before starting at Copper Hills High in West Jordan.

Jacob would've started his first day in high school on Monday. Some of the students who knew him best are wearing dress clothes to honor him. But it was down the street at west hills middle school where Jacob left a lasting memory.

"Jacob was a really amazing young man. He really did well in classes. He took honors classes as well," said West Hills Middle School Principal Stacy Evans.

Jacob Santos called West Hills Middle School home for three years.  It's the place where many students called him a friend.

"He was really the kind of friend that anyone would want.  He was really a friend to everyone and to anyone," said Evans.

Evans says Jacob even participated in the school's musical.  This year he was supposed to bring his talents to Copper Hills High School but an accident over the weekend ended those dreams.  On the first day of class, the principal told the high school students about Jacob and they had a moment of silence.

"A lot of the sophomores knew him and so i kinda felt for them. it was really sad," said Copper Hills High Senior Jacob Clark.

Jacob Clark didn't know him personally.  A text message by Jacob's friends was sent to high school students requesting they honor the sophomore.

"To honor him wear dress clothes tomorrow. And forward this text to as many people as you can," said Clark as he read the text message he received.

"We just tried to step up and acknowledge the kid," said Clark.

Counselors are on hand at Copper Hills High School and West Hills Middle School to help students who may be struggling with Jacob's unexpected death.

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