Remembering a young hero who drowned saving his brother in Dog River

Mobile County

A family is remembering their 14-year old hero who died saving his little brother.

They want those who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing JaMarcus Smith, to remember him not only as a hero, but a good kid. 

He died swimming in Dog River Thursday right off cutting grass for money to buy things his family couldn’t afford. 

“Last time I saw him was walking out of my yard to go cut grass. I told him turn around, let me take a picture of y’all,” said one of his aunts, Janie Smith. 

Just fifteen minutes after his aunt snapped the picture, he drowned. “My little boy ran down to my house, banged on my door. He said, “JaMarcus is drowning!”

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While JaMarcus passed away, he saved his 13-year old brother, Regional Brown.  “He’s my brother, and I love him.”

His family says he was a great kid. Always doing something positive and trying to make his mother proud.“My nephew didn’t die doing something reckless, he died for doing something positive, saving his little brother,” said another one of his aunts, Dewanna Smith.

The family says it has no money for a funeral. So if you’d like to donate, click here:

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