JACKSONVILLE Fla.-- A final message for 17-year-old Jordan Davis as the so-called Wolfson Wolfpack struggles with the loss of one of their beloved members.
"We've lost a member of our pack and it is a tough feeling and it's hard not only for the students but the staff, and it's something we will never get used to," said Wolfson principal Dr. David Garner.
Those who say they had the pleasure of teaching Jordan tell us their classes will never quite be the same without him.
"Tomorrow morning, when I have that class and we walk in and that seat is empty it's not because he was absent," said teacher Ninon Rhone.
Wolfson is no stranger to loss, in the last few years three students were killed, but teachers say the pain of losing one of their own never gets any easier.
"It's this pattern of you make a connection and then in a split second, they're gone," said Rhone.
Teachers say Jordan got off to a rough start at Wolfson. He was the troubled new kid in town, but he seemed to grow into himself and grow up his senior year, improving his grades as he prepared to enlist in the military.
"He started turning a corner," said Rhone.
"This year it was his goal to change his life," said biology teacher Michael King.
Jordan may not have gotten the chance to change his own life, but his Wolfson family agrees; he's changed all of theirs.
Grief counseling has been made available for teachers and students.