Daniel Boone Sophomore Justin Rose remembered for contagious smile, laughter


Hundreds gathered Friday morning at Daniel Boone High School to remember Justin Rose. The memorial service was held for the sophomore who died Wednesday night, several days after a car crash. It was a somber day as memories of Rose were shared. The community now trying to make sense of a life taken too soon. "Remember that life is unpredictable," classmate Connor McClelland said. "So remind those around you that you love them, that everyone's important here." We're told Rose was known for his contagious smile and laughter. He was part of the Future Farmers of America club, a true cowboy at heart.

"He had a way of keeping you on your toes and could turn any bad day into a good one at the bat of an eye," Justin's teacher Mrs. Turner said. As a community mourns this loss, they're determined not to let this tragedy define Justin's legacy.

"I believe that Justin wouldn't want us to remember him lying in the hospital bed, hooked up to all those machines, hurting," classmate Leah Elsea said. He may not be around, but he'll never be forgotten.

"The Lord has taken his hand and said, 'welcome to heaven cowboy, your entry fee has been paid,'" McClelland said. Justin is an organ donor and so far, we've learned his life has already saved eight others.