MANATEE — Anger, grief, frustration.
A moment of silence for another lost member of the Bayshore High School student body couldn’t quell those emotions among classmates Tuesday.
Over the school intercom, Principal David Underhill somberly asked students to pause and remember Jasmine Thompson, a 17-year-old senior shot to death as she rode in a car with fellow cheerleaders after Friday night’s football game.
Daniel F. Williams, 18, is being held without bond in connection with her death.
Chris Burrow, 17, sat in American government class during first period as Underhill made the request.
He couldn’t keep quiet.
“Jasmine wasn’t the silent type, so I figured I wouldn’t be either, in her honor,” he said, recalling the friend he’d had since sixth grade.
Sitting across from Burrow was Mariah Ward, whose boyfriend, Bayshore graduate DeJuan Williams, 18, was shot to death last month.
She broke down and cried.
Others shook their head in disgust, Burrow said.
“There are kids at school that are upset,” Burrow said. “They can’t believe another life was taken.
“Kids killing kids is ridiculous.”
Such was the scene at Bayshore as students returned Tuesday from an extended holiday weekend.
As the day progressed, an awkward and melancholy mood hovered over the campus on 34th Street West.
“It was hard today, very, very hard,” said 17-year-old Craig Keys, who’d been friends with Thompson since they attended Manatee Elementary School together. “When I go to lunch, I pass right by her and I’m used to looking up and seeing her. Today, she wasn’t there.”
He recalled his last interactions Friday with Thompson, a teen he described as full of life.
“Before she was cheering, I saw her and gave her a hug and grabbed her hand and kissed her forehead like always,” said Keys, a member of the marching band. “After the game, I told her, ‘I’ll see you later, Jazzy.’ Who knew that would be the last time I saw her?
“People are hurt here, wanna do something about it,” Keys said. “You really don’t know what to do. There’s not much you can do.”
Crisis counseling teams were in place at the school Tuesday and will be there as long as necessary, said Manatee County School District spokeswoman Margi Nanney.
A service at the school is being planned for Thursday, Nanney said. More details were scheduled to be released today.
Thompson’s funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday at Happy Gospel Church.
Her grandmother, Aretha James, has seen an outpouring of support from friends and community members.
“People have been by the house, in and out all day,” James said Tuesday. ”We’re just sitting and talking ... hanging in here.”
Toni Garrett, Thompson’s cousin, is making commemorative T-shirts for Thompson’s friends this week, complete with her name and picture.
“Her mom wants to distribute them on Thursday so they can wear them to the wake,” she said, standing outside her husband’s fruit stand on Manatee Avenue East.
Thompson’s death has prompted support throughout the community.
The Palmetto Youth Center will collect money during its football games to benefit the family, a spokeswoman there said.
Bayshore parents are also stepping in to voice their concern about gun violence among teens.
“This is just too close to home,” said Don Burrow, Chris’s father and band booster president at Bayshore. “We were all together at the game, laughing, smiling ... and less than an hour later, we are missing another member of Bayshore. We don’t want to pick up the paper and hear anything like this has happened again.”
Burrow sent an e-mail Tuesday to Gov. Charlie Crist, asking him to support the nonprofit organization Mariah Ward started up in the days after her boyfriend’s Aug. 4 death.
She created Speak for the Unspoken in an effort to revamp firearm laws and to raise teens’ awareness about gun violence.
DeJuan Williams was killed in his backyard when he confronted another teen who had been visiting his younger sister, sheriff’s officials say.
The teen, 16-year-old Byron Galloway, a student at Southeast High School, has been arrested on a murder charge.
“I am trying to help her start this,” Burrows wrote to Crist. “But money is very limited as you well know with our current economy. We are looking for some assistance so we can try and prevent these senseless killings by teenagers. If someone could give me a call and provide some assistance, we would greatly appreciate it.”