Year after death, West Nassau High football player honored at vigil
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – A year after Trent Fort was shot and killed in Callahan, close friends, family and loved ones gathered for a peaceful candlelight vigil in his memory. Wednesday’s somber occasion was reminiscent of when more than 100 people filled West Nassau High School’s stadium, holding candles to remember the 16-year-old. During the vigil, some wore a shirt that read “Trenton 21.” Twenty-one was Fort’s football jersey number. Others wore shirts that read “#Forever21.″GALLERY: Photos from vigil honoring Trent Fort“I’m elated. “It not only shook the family, but it also shook the community as well.”AdPhotos from vigil honoring life of Trent Fort (News4Jax.com)The football player, his mother said, would have been a junior in 2021.
Teens held in death of West Nassau student face new upgraded charges
CALLAHAN, Fla. – Two teenagers arrested shortly after a 16-year-old West Nassau High School student was shot and killed earlier this year are facing new, adult charges. The Sheriff’s Office said Trent Fort was shot in the chest after getting into a confrontation during a drug deal after school on Feb. 24. He was arrested shortly after Fort’s murder at a McDonald’s in Callahan and his brother was tracked to a wooded area in the Spring Lakes Estates neighborhood. Fort’s parents said they’ve never met the teens, but they learned who they were on the day of the shooting. “I’m pretty positive that there will be more arrests, and I’m just waiting on it,” said Paige Hall, Fort’s mother.
Family believes race played a part in shooting death of West Nassau High football player
Three and a half months after a West Nassau High School football player was shot and killed, his family is still desperately seeking answers. John Phillips, the family’s attorney, said the Sheriff’s Office told him it’s waiting to get it right. The Sheriff’s Office never identified them, but the family and Phillips said the suspected shooter also went to West Nassau High. The family believes race played a part in the death of their son, who was biracial. One of the other teens called 911 as they drove Fort to West Nassau High -- about 8 minutes away -- to meet a rescue unit.
Family lays to rest West Nassau High football player shot, killed
CALLAHAN, Fla. – Friends, family and classmates gathered on Saturday to say their final goodbyes to Trent Fort, the West Nassau High School football player who died in a shooting. Funeral services began at 11 a.m. at Callahan First Baptist Church, which is across the street from the high school. “He didn’t deserve this, and these people here -- I have no words for West Nassau and the town of Callahan. The shooting triggered additional security measures at West Nassau High School throughout the week. We extend our deepest sympathy and support to the student’s family.
School remembers West Nassau High football player who died in shooting
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – Close friends, family and fellow students got together Thursday night to remember the life of a 16-year-old West Nassau High School football player who died in a shooting. Investigators said Trent Fort was shot and killed in Callahan on Monday afternoon. Candles filled the stadium of the high school, where many say he’ll be remembered as being a great person both on and off the field. “He didn’t deserve this, and these people here -- I have no words for West Nassau and the town of Callahan. Investigators say Fort was shot and killed in the Spring Lake Estates Neighborhood on Monday afternoon.
Memorial grows as increased security continues at West Nassau High School
CALLAHAN, Fla. – West Nassau High School students again arrived to increased security on campus Wednesday, two days after a 16-year-old student was shot and killed off campus during what authorities described as a drug deal. Nassau County Undersheriff Roy Henderson said the increased law enforcement presence and security measures will continue for the rest of the week. A memorial at West Nassau High School for a slain 16-year-old football player (WJXT)The school sent an updated message to parents on Tuesday, letting them know students’ bookbags, purses and other personal belongings would again be searched Wednesday as they entered school. Deadly shootingHenderson said a news conference Tuesday that the 16-year-old West Nassau student was shot in the chest after getting into a confrontation during a drug deal Monday afternoon. RELATED | Mom, pastor call teen shot & killed amazing young manHenderson said the victim and shooter go to school together at West Nassau High.
Mom, pastor call teen shot & killed amazing young man
CALLAHAN, Fla. – The mother of a 16-year-old shot and killed after leaving West Nassau High School with some other students Monday afternoon called him an amazing young man who was never in any trouble. He didn’t care where he went, where he played, he just wanted to play football," said his mother, Paige Hall. He had so many friends.”A teammate on the West Nassau Warriors also commented on Trent’s uplifting personality. Last night about 150 students, West Nassau’s principal, coaches and others from the school gathered at the church, stood in a circle and shared funny stories about him. West Nassau had counselors on campus Tuesday for students who needed to talk and the school would be increased security because of the shooting.
Family: West Nassau football player, 16, dies after shooting
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – A 16-year-old West Nassau High School football player died after being shot Monday, several family members and close friends told News4Jax. The teen was driven to West Nassau High School -- about 8 minutes away -- and then transported to a hospital in critical condition, the spokeswoman said. Malik Green said he spoke with his friend, Fort, in the parking lot after school -- about an hour before the shooting. “Most” of the three involved went to West Nassau High, the spokeswoman said. It’s unclear why the 16-year-old was taken to the high school after the shooting, but the spokeswoman said at least four people were in a car with the victim.