Jesse Higginbotham
A Paul Laurence Dunbar High School junior who was injured in a car crash on Wednesday died Thursday morning. Jesse Higginbotham, 17, was among four Dunbar students in a 1993 Geo Prizm that blew a rear tire, spun and hit another vehicle on Versailles Road near Man o’ War Boulevard. The students were on their way to school. Another student, Mercedes Hopewell, a senior, was in serious condition at the University of Kentucky Hospital on Thursday morning, spokeswoman Mary Margaret Colliver said.
Published by Lexington Herald-Leader on Apr. 19, 2007.
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250 Entries
We should be wishing you a happy 22nd. I love you.
March 10, 2012
I didnt know him but im a student of his fathers and i know that he misses him deeply. His father is a wonderful teacher.
Courtney Gabbard
March 17, 2011
Lurve,Mama G Aka Kathy
Kathy Glass
March 9, 2011
You are still missed.
October 3, 2010
jesse, you have no idea how much i am going to miss you. the world lost one of the best guys on it and i hope that wherever you are, you are at peace.
Cassie Harris
March 27, 2009
sorry to hear this news...
promising kid.
Sammy
March 15, 2009
I only knew you briefly via Twitter, but I often think of you and your family, and whenever I do, I send my sympathy and prayers.
Rupert
November 14, 2008
I miss you. I love you.
Suzy
October 3, 2008
I miss you kiddo. Send your mom some good juju. Love you- Michele
MICHELE HAMMACK
July 14, 2008
I miss you so much and u will never be forgotten as long as i can help it. i wrote a poem for jesse that i am going to have tatto on my lefted foot and the one for josh on the right so that i always will have something to remind me of them to help throught the hard times to come.
Courtney O'dell
April 16, 2008
I have a hard time believing almost a year has passed. My heart still hurts, and my stomach is still in a knot as though it all happened yesterday. Jesse, I see you as a baby, a toddler, a kid, an adolescent, a young man. I don't know how this cosmic screw up occurred. I miss you. I love you.
"Tikles" n Strawberries
April 15, 2008
I'm thinking of you always. I'm trying my best to help. I wish you were here to do what you do best...fix things. Everyone misses you Jesse. >3
LeAndra Craig
April 2, 2008
Dearest Jesse,
I am thinking of you on your birthday just wanted you to know will be here for your mom. You are so loved and missed. I am sure you must be busy so I will close for now.
Mary Robbies Mom
Mary Treadway
March 10, 2008
I'm a bit late here.
Well, i met Jesse at LibSL, really nice Guy.
I'm more than twice his Age, and still around... not fair.
I wished he would have been around a bit longer.
Jesse, wherever you are, you will not be forgotten.
Cindy Crabgrass
February 27, 2008
It is hard to see that such a young man has been taken from this world so early, I am certain he will forever be rememberd and loved, Rest in peace, my thoughts are with you today.
Meghan Dench
February 11, 2008
I have read all of these entries for the first time today and as they say 'the apple never falls far from the tree.' If these posts are true, and I am sure they are, Jesse was probably someone I would have loved to know.

Not many people know but my father passed away April 17th of 2007. I am currently attending Jerome's Ethics class and he has been such a great help to me in my time of need. He has taught me more than just Ethics this quarter but just exactly how to get through the hardest of times. I will surely miss this man when I leave June 6th. Take good care of yourself Jerome. Your such a great friend.
Misty E.
June 1, 2007
Becca, Jerome and Jesse
We think of you every single day.
Love you guys~
BD, Michele and Britt
Michele Hammack
May 16, 2007
Jerome
It was this morning that I heard of the most un-imaginable thing any parent would have to confront. I remember the day I met Jesse. It was a Friday afternoon at Top Notch. Rebecca had brought him in- this was summer of 93-maybe?
You and I became such great friends and I was always amazed at how a relationship between father and son could be. I will never forget Jesse doing the naked dance after coming down the basement steps following a bath. I remember the first time my Rebecca met Jesse he told her that whatever it was he was playing with was not edible-she and I both were amazed at such word choice from a two year old. Jacob and Jesse would have the best time when the you two would come and stay all night. I remember offering him one of Jake's vitamins and he declined stating he had no deficiencies-he was maybe 8yo? I will always treasure our night of sledding-coolness is sledding with your son.
The last time I seen you and Jesse my wife Rebecca was pregnant with Juliette. This was around 3 years ago. I was taken back at how tall and how deep his voice had gotten. I think back to that evening and I am not surprised to see that Jesse was so active in school, so driven to technology, and so compassionate when it come to helping others -he learned it all from you. I wish I was a poet and could find the words that may bring to comfort you, regretable I am not. I miss our times together and consider myself lucky to have known your boy.
With all of God's Sympathy and Love
John
John Jason McDaniel
May 7, 2007
Bekki,

I am so sorry for your loss. I am Stacey, Blayne, and Quinton's aunt so I know you and Jesse through them. You and Jesse are very special to them. My heart breaks for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jeanie Tuttle
May 7, 2007
Dear Jesse and Jerome,
I am so sorry for your loss.My heart goes out to you in this terrible time. Please know that caring compasionate thoughts and prayers are with you now and that Jesse will always live in my heart. I feel so honored and blessed to be his "abuela", like he always called me. Also,to have had the opportunity to be his teacher at Leestown and go on many many trips together.He was so smart! I learned so much from him! He will be missed!
Again ,accept my deepest sympathy.
Carmen Donato
May 6, 2007
TO JEFFE FAMILY.

I KNOW YOU DON'T KNOW ME,BUT I'M FRIENDS WITH CHUCK & CHARLOTTE WOLOCH,, I WANTED TO SAY HOW SORRY I'M FOR YOUR LOSS, CHARLOTTE WOULD TELL ME HOW GREAT JESSE WAS AND ALL HE DID. I'M VEFRY SORRY
FRED &JUANITA ROBERTS
May 6, 2007
i didnt know jesse that well but i did know him some. he was a great person and friend, he was always there to help anyone especially when it came to computers(he'd be the one that was always fixing mine at school).jesse was and still is loved by many and he and his family will be in our hearts. if there is anything that i can do for his family or friends please let me know. we love you jesse.
courtney southworth
May 3, 2007
I did not know your son, but as I read of his accident I wanted to send you my deepest sympathy. May God be you and your family.
Joelle Johnson
May 2, 2007
To Jesse's family and friends:

I want to tell you how terribly sorry I am for your loss. It is always a sad thing when a loved oned dies, but it is especially tragic to lose one so young.

From all that I've heard about Jesse he was a wonderful kid. He is and will be desperately missed.

Having recently lost my own son I know all too well the pain you are going through. A friend of mine told me that there is no right way to grieve but there are wrong ways. Cherish the memories. It will get easier.

I know you've heard this til you're sick of it, but, if I can help you in any way, please let me know.
Matthew Shipman
May 1, 2007
I remember when i meet jesse for the frist time in elementry school. i also remember the yellow hoodie that he always wore. that day at school when they told me i hit the floor and started yelling know not jesse he never did anything to hurt anyone. I couldnt blive it at frist but it was true. I still cant belive it because it is going to hurt me moer to let him go. Jeesse will never be forgoten as long as i am alive.
Courtney O'Dell
May 1, 2007
jesse was a great friend and always helped everyone that he met, i miss him alot.
Cassie Harris
May 1, 2007
Awesome pal and fellow user at Nonlogic. We'll always remember you, man.
Lucas Wagner
April 30, 2007
I remember when I first met Jesse in elementary school. I remember thinking to myself "wow, that kid has so much energy and is always smiling!" of course that came from the mind of a 8yr old soooo.. In class i remember every year eventually he would be star of the month also. I remember him now as a brilliant, determined young mine with a smile that would light up the night. It was a shame that he was taken from us so early and in such a horrifying way. but that goes to show that god only takes the best! i will miss u greatly jesse.
laura whitmore
April 30, 2007
Jesse,
He could have changed the world..
He is blessed with undescribable knowlege and the kindest personality. Memories of his unforgettable rat tail as we were younger in day care will never be forgotten. There is no was or past tense as he father (Jerome) said. Jesse is and will always be a special person to us all.. We should all follow Jesse's example and be the best person we can be. That his legacy, being a great person and helping people that do not aquire the knowlege that he was gifted with.
Much love to his family and friends we will all mourn for our great friend but he will never truely be gone he is always and will always be with us.
Megan Jessup
April 30, 2007
Our condolances to your entire family for your loss.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Valerie, Caitlin, Carter Seward
April 30, 2007
i know i havent talked to you in a long time but i will always remember seeing your smiling face in the hallways. i first met you at Leestown in middle school and you were so nice during my 2 years there. im going to miss your little side pokes and you laugh. even though you're gone, you wont be forgotten and you will always be a part of my middle school memories. your happiness and joy wont be forgotten.
Aja
April 30, 2007
I barely got to know you, but I know you will b missed. Deepest sympathies from Chithe, Celthrex GUPR, and myself
Ryan Karolak
April 28, 2007
we will miss jesse he was the best friend anyone could ever have


duse!!!!
brian henning
April 28, 2007
I had the opportunity to get to know Jesse as he attended Leestown. Vivacious,full of life and extremely intelligent, respectful,and considerate would be my ways of describing him. In your time of grief, please be assured that he is w/God and that God will give you strength.
William Green
April 28, 2007
Beckadupa,
I can't imagine how you will get through this, since I can't imagine how I will get through this myself. You raised a fine son; this is evidenced by our nightly talks, in which you'd start telling Jesse at 9:30 to go take a shower, and then repeat it every 5 minutes, and he invariably wrapped his arm around you and joined in the conversation, even smelly. No son would feel comfortable enough to do this unless he was close to his mother, and close to you Jesse is.
Rebecca, I am so sorry that I told you Jesse would be all right; I was certain that he would be, that he would overcome his injuries and be here. I was wrong.
Jesse, honey, I am so sorry this happened to you. I'm sorry that you never owned a new car, never experienced college, never lived on your own, never had the chance to have a child of your own if you wanted. I'm sorry I wasn't a better aunt. I'm sorry that this was so unfair to you. I love you.
Aunt Suzy
April 28, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. Words can never express to you the magnificent touch that Jesse left on the world, even in such short a time. I never personally had the honor of speaking to him personally, yet in following various threads in numerous forums, I feel I grew to not only admire Jesse's intelligence and friendly demeanor, but also to respect the man for being just that. Though young, Jesse always handled himself with a maturity and dignity that some unfortunately never adopt. Know he left his mark on this world and it was a good one that will forever be the better of us all.
Ron VanDeman
April 27, 2007
Jerome & Bekki
Rachel called thursday night with the news of the passing of Jesse.
It has taken this long to come up with these inadaquate words.
Having lost our one and only after 5 months in the womb, loss is something we thought we understood.
Not so.
May you somehow find peace.
Our hearts cracked and prayers stuttered go out to you

benji & lori
benji & lori sandridge
April 27, 2007
Dear Jerome,
Wege called me from Memphis and both of us shared many memories of growing up with you. We can not even begin to express our sympathy to you and your family. I was so glad to meet such a great young man at our last class reunion. What was most eveident to me was the special love and friendship that the two of you shared!! How very improtant to have such a great relationship in these difficult teenage times!! My deepest sympathy from all of us in the Rushing family.
Lori Rushing
April 27, 2007
I have such fond memories of Jesse as a middle school student. He always had a smile and energy that wouldn't stop. He definitely touched my life and the lives of the staff and students at Leestown Middle School. He will not be forgotten. I'm praying for you.
Jonna Hayden (Leestown Guidance Counselor)
April 27, 2007
How fortunate I feel to have worked with this young man. His efforts still touch so many today and will continue in the future.
Erin Ladd
April 27, 2007
Dear Jerome and Family, I have not seen you for awhile, but you are in my heart. I have memories of you at TCMS and Jesse coming to school with you. I cannot imagine the heartbreak of losing a child. I truly believe he lives now in a different place and you all will be with him again. I lost my uncle and my mother this spring and feel extreme loss, also. You all are in the TCMS family's prayers. I hope to see you Sunday at the memorial service at Dunbar. Love, Lynn McKenzie
Lynn McKenzie
April 26, 2007
Dear Jerome,
Boy, grown-up life can really hurt. Becky & I are so terribly sorry for your loss...every parents worst
nightmare. Friend, you are in our
daily prayers and will be for a long, long time. It's wonderful
knowing that others live because of
your sacrifice. Sincerely, Jack &
Becky Peebles, Mayfield, Ky.
Jack Peebles
April 26, 2007
Dear Bekki and Jerome, We are so heartbroken at the loss of such a bright young man. I have not had the pleasure of knowing Jesse for the past few years but have very sweet memories of his childhood and will hold them dear in my heart always. I cannot think of one single word that could possibly ease your pain but please know we are thinking of you and hold you dearly in our prayers. May God Bless you both. Our love, Vicky, Eric, Kayleigh and Hannah
Vicky Woloch
April 26, 2007
To the family of Jesse Higginbotham:

I did not know Jesse or his family but I have followed the story of this amazing young man through the news and newpapers since his death.I am so sorry for your loss.

Several years ago I lost my youngest brother who was only 18 years old from complications of cancer. My family knows the devastation that you are going through. Your family will certainly be in our prayers. God Bless You!
Teresa Noe
April 26, 2007
Dear Jerome, It was such a shock to hear of the tragic accident that took Jesse away. I have fond memories of our friendship when you were at TCMS. I also vividly recall the pride and deep love that was so evident when you frequently talked about your son with us. I can only offer my deepest sympathy and prayers to both you and Jesse's mother.
Kelly Taylor
April 25, 2007
Bekki and Jerome,
Thank you for sharing Jesse with me for 3 years at Cardinal Valley Elementary in STLP and again as a high school techie who came back to help work on computers at CVE. He could listen to his music, goof off and have a good time, and still run circles around me in getting things fixed. He was generous with his technology knowledge but I was touched even more by his smile and warm heart. What a personality this kid had! I'm a better person for having known Jesse. He will be greatly missed.
Julie Gaskin, Technology Resource Teacher at CVE
April 25, 2007
Jerome, the sad news of the loss of your son made my heart ache for you and your family. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers with hopes that you will have strength to bear his loss. I remember your pride in his accomplishments when you were at TCMS. God bless you.
Cathy Lee
April 25, 2007
Jerome, we are so sorry for the loss of Jesse. I will call you tonite. If there is anything we can do, please don't hesitate to ask. Raymond &Sue Sims.
Raymond Sims
April 25, 2007
I met Jesse in Second Life some time ago and got to know him as a very talented and friendly person. His contributions have always been great and thus I was shocked to day to learn about his death. That's really far to young.
May he rest in peace.
Tao Takashi
April 25, 2007
To the Family and Friends of Jesse Higginbotham:

I just want you to know that I have you in my thoughts and prayers and I pray that the Lord will help heal your hearts as he is in the works of healing mine. Joshua Shipman was my son so I know that words cannot heal a broken heart but just know that God can. I am so sorry for your loss and if you need anything, please feel free to contact me.
Coretta Lyons
April 25, 2007
Jerome - I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I know what a blessing Jesse was to you and I cannot even imagine what you are going through. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family at this time.
Kelli Barnett-Burton
April 25, 2007
Although I never met Jesse, I know from Chuck what a special person he was. May God comfort you each day.
Christ's peace,
Greta Lovell
April 25, 2007
Dear Jerome and Bekki, Please know we are holding you in our hearts and prayers. Jeanne Marie and I are in Berea. It has been too long. In such a painful crazy time I long to see you. Peace my brother.
Bruce Callahan
April 24, 2007
Jerome,
I also had you for ethics, and remember you speaking of your son. I was shocked and heartbroken to hear of your loss. You are in my prayers. If you need ANYTHING, please don't hesitate to contact me. Im always right around the corner. ( Harvest Worship Center )
Tara Reynolds
April 24, 2007
We also have an only son (only child, too) who is a sophomore at PLD. Thank you for reminding us through Jesse's obituary in the HL that we must not let a day go by without letting him know how "perfect and beloved" he is to us, because we cannot know that when we send him to school each the morning that we'll have him home safe with us at night. My most sincere sympathies on your loss of your beautiful boy.
Nancy Smith
April 24, 2007
Jerome,

We are so sorry to hear about your beloved son, Jessie. We remember you all from Cardinal Valley Park. It was obvious how much you loved and idolized your son. You both always had a smile on your faces. May God give you comfort and strength during this time in your lives.

Sincerely,
Tommy,Angie and Trevor Thompson
Tommy, Angie and Trevor Thompson
April 24, 2007
I believe that someone close to me was an organ recipient from Jesse. As the parent of a young person, I can scarcely bear to imagine the pain that his parents must feel at the loss of their beloved son. Nothing can replace him in their hearts. Yet I hope they take comfort in Jesse's legacy of life for others. I will never forget their exquisite generosity during such a profoundly difficult time.
Tom Troland
April 23, 2007
Jerome,

I was in you ethics class in 2005 at spencerian college and you always spoke of your son with pride and when i had heard the news my heart fell, i can't imagine what your going through but i send you and your family my thoughts and prayers.

Jennifer Winburn
Jennifer Winburn
April 23, 2007
Jesse brought laughter and happiness where ever he was. He was a wonderful student who gave hope not only to other students but to the teachers as well. That is a pretty good mark to leave on this world no matter how short his life was it still touched many hearts and souls. He will be missed and our hearts go out to his family in this great time of loss.
John & Violet Foley
April 23, 2007
Jerome,
My heart literally hurts as I send to you and Becky my deepest and sincerest sympathy.
I wasn't fortunate enough to have known Jesse well but even still, I got that he was an amazing person. Whenever he would come through the shop with you, he left everyone there with smiles on their faces.
My prayers are with you..
Jennifer Manning
April 23, 2007
I enjoyed all of the fun times we shared togather at leestown we were on the math team and the chess team togather i know i hadent talked to you sience middle school but who could forget you, you always had good grades and you were a great student and a great caring friend you will be truly missed.
Kyle McIntosh
April 23, 2007
Jerome,
I am so very sorry to hear about Jesse. I cannot imagine what you and the rest of the family must be going through. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Greg Garfield
April 23, 2007
I enjoyed many spirited discussions with Jessee at Ruby meetings in Second Life. He made a positive impact on my life.
Adam Marker
April 23, 2007
Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Although we did not have the honor of teaching Jesse at our school, we as a school/family wide community feel your loss and pain. Please remember if there is anything that the school family can do for you, please don't hesitate to contact us. Let us not forget the others that were injured in that accident. May god be with them as they heal.
Your family at Dixie Magnet Elementary.....
April 23, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss Jesse was a great kid. I got to be friends with him for several years because of some of my friends. I will keep you guys in my prayers so stay strong.
Jackie Davis
April 23, 2007
Jesse was my son's good friend. Jesse was the first person to actively become his friend when we moved to the street in 1996. I will never forget him. He was the only person who could figure out what was wrong with our computer. He was 9 at that time. He was such a beautiful person. Inside and out. Becky & Jerome, I will always keep you in my prayers. Always know that we are only a few doors down if you need anything.
We love you all,
God bless you in what you will go through....
Adam's mom & dad
Denise Yost
April 23, 2007
My condolences for the tragic loss of your son, may God be with you in this time of need
Christie Sapp-Bilky
April 23, 2007
your family are in everyone's thoughts and prayers as the whole community mourns with you. You will be sadly missed by all friends, family, and the whole community.
angie scanlon
April 23, 2007
I am sorry to hear about your lose. I will keep him and his family in my prayers.
I am a former student from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School of "05"
Shawn Young
April 23, 2007
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
stephanie Schenk
April 23, 2007
jesse and i went to cybercave together. i had NO clue what i was doing, but jesse did his best to help me understand computers. there was never a boring day there because jesse could always come up with something witty and funny to say. i never saw him sad or upset or frustrated, despite the fact that he must have explained what a hard drive is to me at least a dozen times that week. everybody loved him, even if they barely knew him.
Ariel Elias
April 23, 2007
Jerome & Bekki,
I am Very Sorry to hear about Jesse and if you need any thing Please let us know. Joe and Your National City Friends
Joseph Ball
April 23, 2007
Mr.Higginbotham,
My heart breaks for you and your family. I will always have a cheeseburger waiting for you.
all my love and support,
Sarai Steward
April 23, 2007
What a testimony! As I read the entries, they all spoke of how Jesse had touched each with an act, a smile, a word,no just using the gifts you had instilled in him to bring joy into the lives of so many people. That was the plan GOD had for his life and how brilliantly he fulfilled that plan. I am so glad that I was able to know Jesse. Like so many others, I will miss him, but I know I will see him again. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
Rosemary McFarland,
Fayette Co. Technology Resource Teacher
April 23, 2007
While I did not know Jessie, my son and his friends all were fortunate to call Jessie their friend. I am heartbroken for you, and for them, as everyone struggles with this tragedy. I hope you can find some comfort in the thoughts and prayers of all of us who are thinking of you during this time. Sincerely, Lisa Curtis
Lisa Curtis
April 23, 2007
Dear Jerome and Becky,

The sorrow I feel in my heart is beyond my ability to describe in words.
Jesse's happiness and loving disposition made being around him a joy for all that knew him.
We have all suffered a loss, for now the world we live in is void of a very fine young man.
The gifts he wanted to share with those around him and the contributions he was preparing himself to make to society must now be sustained in rich memories and the spirit he represented through his life.
I have reflected upon some of my personal memories of "Jess" through the years.
Some ranging back to his elementary school days...then watching as he began to grow taller, his middle school days,changing voice, braces(which meant he could no longer chew the bubble gum treat I usually offered him)and his exceptional interest and knowledge of computer technologies.
As a result, I realize that I am a better person for having known Jesse, and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity.
My prayers are with you both...
Clarence Johns
April 23, 2007
Jerome & Family,
Seems just like yesterday that we were playing tee ball & watching Jesse & Tara play their best even though they were the two smallest on the team! I cannot imagine the grief you must have & pray for you all.I can still see his tiny face, smiling when we won the championship! God has a plan whether we're ready or not...my prayers are with you.
Love...Theresa & Tara Jensen
Theresa/Tara Jensen
April 23, 2007
Jesse was a awesome person and a true friend!!! i have to say that he will truly be missed
Love always,
Julie Helton
April 23, 2007
Kentucky has lost one of its own and the heavens have recieved a bright new Angel that will live in are hearts forever.God has a place for him and you will always have a place in your heart and that place will always make you smile when you think of all the wonderful things he has done in his short life.He will always be with you
Students of Kentucky
April 23, 2007
I regret that I didn't take the time to get to know Jesse a little better. We spoke briefly, and only a few times. It is with great surprise that I learn of his real age, for he was widely regarded as someone of skill and intelligence. I would like his family and friends to take solace in the fact that his stay on this Earth was brief, but well-spent. His work will be remembered by the Second Life community for many years to come.
Jorge Lima (aka Eggy Lippmann)
April 23, 2007
Jerome- I am very sorry for your loss!
Terri Hoback
April 23, 2007
Jerome,
We would like to send you our deepest sympathies on your sad loss. It came as a great shock to hear of Jesse's terrible accident. In many ways, it seems as if it were only yesterday that we were all out the park and the gym using one ball or another in the attempt to help our children grow up to be kind, decent, and productive human beings. From all accounts, you succeeded wonderfully. Jesse was an inspiring young man and it goes without saying that he will be greatly missed by all those who knew him and had the good fortune to call him their friend. It is impossible for us to begin to imagine the grief and pain that you and your family must be feeling. If there is anything that any of us can do, now or any future time, please do not hesitate to let us know.
With kindest regards,
Yours sincerely,
Andrew and Joseph Hopper
Debbie and Bill Mahan
Debbie Hopper
April 23, 2007
Bekki and Jerome

My heart aches for you and the loss of Jesse. I will always remember him beside me even at the age of 6 and 7 trying to learn everything he could about working on a computer. I see from all the comments here that he turned out to be the computer wiz that he always aspired to be.

I don't have the right words to say, but know that I will be thinking of you both and that my heart aches for you and the loss of Jesse.
Christie Wilder
April 22, 2007
I sorry for your lost . He came to johnson and work with my son with stlp when he saw it on the news he was sad
melissa lairson
April 22, 2007
I didn't know Jesse all too well, but he and I ran in adjacent circles in the Second Life developer community. A number of my friends are really affected by the loss. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Ron / Hiro Blechner / Pendragon
April 22, 2007
To the family of Jesse Higginbotham,

Jesse was an incredibly smart young man who, in the 6 months I've known him, helped me learn a programming language, as well as inspired me.

I regret that he and I had differences recently. I wish I had the chance to put a somewhat silly argument behind us. I will miss him, and remember him.
W. Jason Ienatsch
April 22, 2007
As a mother of 2 sons, my heart breaks for your family. You will be in our prayers and we pray God will touch and give you comfort. I see the kindness in his face, and I know you will have him in that special place, your heart, forever.
We have lost a son also, but not in this tragic way. As a mother, I offer my sympathy and prayers to you but also know you feel blessed to have held him for such a short time. God Bless You
Darlene Pettibone
April 22, 2007
I did not know Jesse, but I am a Mom of a 10th grader at Lafayette High and grieve for you to have to live every parent's worst fear. I am so sorry for your loss.
Susan Murrell
April 22, 2007
A legend from the beginning, Jesse has Impacted countless peoples lives.

Jesse, I will never forget that week we chilled @ Murray, Ky, and the flowering of our friendship there after. I will never forgive myself for not spending time with you. I cant ever get that back now dude. I miss you. Stay cool wherever you are dude, I'll see you up there.
Hesan Haghnazar
April 22, 2007
To the family of Jesse,
I had the priviledge of attending Cyber Cave in Murray KY, with your son a couple summers ago. He was a very bright young man and all the fellow participants liked him. I did not get to know him very well, however, with what I did know, he was a very honest and caring person. I wish the best for your family as you go through this loss. God Bless
Clayton Carver
April 22, 2007
Deepest sympathies to Jesse's family and friends. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
Shane Bennett
April 22, 2007
I Did not know him but sorry for your loss.
Mathew Acra
April 22, 2007
To the family of Jesse.....

I did not know Jesse, except vicariously, via my wife, a Dunbar teacher. She, like loads of others, is taking his passing very hard. Thankfully, because he was, who he was, he is being mourned together by the Dunbar community. They are feeding off each other to get through this tragedy.

Your son touched many lives in a VERY positive way. You should be very proud of that. I've read all the posting here..... they ALL speak volumes of the kind of person your son was. I can only imagine the swelling of pride that you must have, even though there is so much pain.

As a father of three children, I offer my condolences to your family, and wish you somehow find peace.
Husband of a Dunbar teacher, and father of three children
April 21, 2007
To Jesse's Family

I'm not quite sure, how to express my sympathies, for you loss. I'm struggling to understand myself. It's difficult to lose someone who was special to you, especially if they mean more than they could ever know.
Jesse and I started high school together, we sat near each other all year in Spanish class. Even when I was having my worst days, when I could barely stand to wake up, Jesse would always make me smile, or laugh, especially when I needed it the most.

We ate lunch together, as well, and he would always come up with some random, spontaneous story, that while it was so hilarious, it was hard to follow him, was brilliant at the same time. He was creative, even if he wasn't a Van Gogh, or a Shakespeare.

That's what was wonderful about him, and made him such a good friend. He was one of those people that could make anyone smile, just by saying one word, or making a funny face. He was a caring person too, and while he was silly, there was a tenderness about him.

I moved to Pennsylvania, after our first year of high school, and I remember talking to Jesse online sometimes. It was always good to hear from him, when I couldn't always talk to friends from home. The first time I saw Jesse, when I came back to visit, was at school, when a mutual friend had brought me to come back and see everyone. He seemed so happy to see me, and after the eight hour trip home, to see someone so excited to see me made me feel like it was worth the drive.

Jesse was a wonderful friend, and always will be.
Jordan Griffieth
April 21, 2007
To Jesse's Family,
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
His memories WILL become treasures. May they bring you peace...
Saydee Jewell
April 21, 2007
I love and miss you Jess <3 You will always be my "little brother"
Emerald Smith
April 21, 2007
To the Higginbotham Family:
I am so sorry for your loss. He was great person and friend and always brightened Mr Adams room in the morning. He was always able to brighten up your day. The world has lost a Truely great person.
Josh Caudill SL Name(Jon Musytari)
April 21, 2007
Jerome & Bekki

I have struggled to find the words to express the level of our grief. Our sadness at the loss of Jesse is immeasurable. As Susan has said, he was our shining light.

I have been amazed and gratified to discover that my admittedly biased opinion of Jesse has been proven to be held by many. More importantly I have been blessed to find out how many lives he touched during his life.

You are in our hearts and prayers, and we will be with you in the days to come.

Stay strong for each other and know how much you are loved.
J.C. & Susan
April 21, 2007
I never met Jesse personally, but his impact in the online communities was dynamic. His contributions to our world will always be remembered, my deepest prayers go out to the family of a prodigy taken too soon...
Zetaphor Tengu
April 21, 2007
I wish the family of Jesse the best and I am truly sorry for your loss. His memory will live with most of us. I only knew him for a short while online, but he was a great person and an amazing programmer. He will be missed.
JC Brink
April 21, 2007
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