The West Marion High School family is carrying a heavy heart this week after junior basketball player Jamyre’un Hammond died in his Kokomo home early Friday morning.
Hammond shined a bright light into the lives of others, according to his friends, teammates and family.
“He was the type of person that when you came around him, he always had a good vibe and would always be in a good mood. And he would get you in a good mood just by being around him,” relative and close friend Sha’Quan Clark said.
“You can’t dislike Jamyre’un Hammond,” teammate Charlie Wash said. “Everybody liked him. He’s just that type of guy. When you have a bad day, go find Jamyre’un and he’ll make you happy. He was just a good dude.”
Hammond is believed to have died of natural causes, and his autopsy was completed Monday, though results are pending, according to Marion County Coroner Norma Williamson.
West Marion High School Principal Gigi Dunaway said the school honored Hammond during a pep rally Tuesday prior to the Trojans’ first district game against Seminary, and he will never be forgotten.
“He’ll be missed. He was a good, consistent and solid kid, and now there’s just a void,” she said. “We’re so thankful for everyone in the community and their prayers.”
Hammond was actually the reason Wash decided to play basketball this season, and the way they met could’ve created a negative scenario until Hammond’s light shined through.
“I got to know him my ninth-grade year when he dropped a weight on my thumb in the weight room,” he said. “That’s how we started clicking. Over the summer we started texting, and he told me to play basketball. He kept telling me what he was going to do to me (on the court). He’s the reason why I play basketball.”
Although he was soft spoken and never raised his voice, when he spoke he had a way of lifting those around him.
“When he said something, it was funny but it helps you at the same time. Jamyre’un had a way when you’re feeling bad and he tells you all the negatives, but he put it in a positive way so that it would be funny at the same time and you’d understand it,” Wash said. “He spoke knowledge, but it would be funny.”
“He didn’t even have to try to be funny. He was just a natural funny,” Jartavious Martin added.
They all agreed that they would miss his presence and his energy, and Martin said he had high work ethic. He was also a leader amongst his friends, in the classroom, where he excelled at welding during VoTech, and with the Trojans basketball team.
“The last thing I heard him say was we needed to build teammate chemistry because after the scrimmage everybody was arguing,” Martin said. “He said ‘we need to build teammate chemistry.’”
Hammond loved the New England Patriots and had an affinity for music, and Kevin Gates was his favorite rapper. Wash said “Not The Only One” was Hammond’s favorite song, and he said Gates’ “Great Man” was one he loved to sing.
“He knew that song (Not The Only One) word for word. That was his favorite song,” Wash said. “He’d say a name like ‘Tater Rabbit (Martin),’ and you’d ask him ‘what?’ He would look at you and say ‘I’m a great man’ (from Great Man), and he’d just sing it. He would keep bugging you until you started singing it.”
Pictured Above: Jamyre'un Hammond. | Photo Submitted