Posted October 16, 2018 09:11:49 After spending his life working for the military, J.J. Spangler’s life was about to change forever.
The 19-year-old son of Navy SEALs who died while battling the Ebola virus in West Africa, was shot and killed while playing soccer in an Atlanta suburb.
The U.S. military has yet to identify his killer, who is believed to have been in his 30s or 40s, or say what happened.
He was shot multiple times in the chest, arms and legs.
Jade Spangler, Jade Spangler Jr., left, and J.E. Spanger sit in a hospital room in Atlanta.
(Kendall White/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)”I never thought he would be shot,” said Jade Spanglers mother, Jana Spangler.
“I didn’t think he would die so young.
He had so much potential.
I never thought I would have to bury my son.”
The Atlanta mother said her son had a bright future.
He graduated from college, worked for the U.N. and was an Olympic wrestler.
“We had the best time,” she said.
“He was so happy and he loved everyone.”
The family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, with thousands of people signing a petition on Change.org asking for justice for their son.
The Georgia-based organization has set up a website that offers updates on the case.
The family is hoping that will get more attention.
Jared Spangler said his family is still reeling from the death of their son, who was known for his passion for sports and his love for his fellow soldiers.
“It’s just hard to believe that this is happening,” he said.
He said his son was the type of person who always wanted to help others and wanted to be a part of something bigger than himself.
“I’m really, really, very, very upset that he’s gone,” he added.
“But at the same time, it’s hard to let go because it’s a loss.”
Jade and Jana have set up an online fundraising campaign called ‘Help J.B.’ for the families of the three slain soldiers.
They have set a goal of $5,000.
The Spanglings are hoping to raise $5 million to help their son’s family in the years ahead.
They’ve set up the J.C. Spangers Foundation, which was created to help fund educational and medical scholarships for veterans.