Jacob J. Arter’s dreams were cut short after he attended a party on Saturday near Germantown, Illinois.
At 18 years old, he was a high school senior, attending school at Central High School in Breese, who was about to graduate school and enter college. He only had 20 days left until his graduation. He had plans to attend college and play football there.
During the party, he was struck by another student and that blow proved to be fatal.
He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital by friends, who used their own car. Unfortunately, Arter was declared dead less than an hour after the incident occurred.
His friends and family members are stunned that he is gone. Everyone has nothing but nice things to say about the boy. He was known for being outgoing and involved in a lot of extracurricular activities.
A student who attends the same school is suspected of throwing the punch. That student is currently being held under juvenile custody.
The county coroner said the incident happened at a party Saturday night at a party near Germantown. Somebody hit 18-year-old Jacob J. Arter. Friends rushed Arter to the hospital in their own car. He was pronounced dead less than an hour later.
“It’s an unfortunate tragedy that affects two families,” said Clinton County Sheriff Doug Maue. Arter’s family is mourning his loss. He was enrolled at Central High School in Breese. The suspected student behind the attack also attended Central High School. That individual remains in juvenile custody.
People at Central High School were stunned that Arter is gone.“He was very smart and nice. People liked to be around him and he was very involved in school. He played football and he did activities in school,” said Shawnee Zimmer, Arter’s schoolmate. “I was very shocked. I didn’t think that would ever happen here in the community.” People said Arter loved football. He only had 20 days of school until he would graduate, with plans to attend college and play football there.