WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT)- The hallways of Letcher County Central High School were flooded with blue, but Thursday, it was for a unique reason.
“It’s just hard to believe that someone you’ve grown up with is not here anymore. I think that’s the hardest part,” family friend Alley Bolling said.
Jacob Lucas, 21, died at UK Hospital from injuries sustained in a car crash on the Hal Rogers Parkway.
“I think whenever you live in a small community like Whitesburg, like we do, whenever tragedy hits a family, it feels like it’s your family, because you’ve known them forever,” Bolling added.
A tragedy that family friend Tayler Fleming is working to turn into triumph. Through a simple Facebook post, she helped turn Thursday into Blue Day, which was also Jacob’s favorite color.
“I was like, we can make a positive of it and what Jake would love and that’s where we came up with the idea,” Fleming said.
Support for Jacob doesn’t just stop in these hallways, it’s actually taken off throughout the county and even the region.
“Before I knew it, from here to Lexington and even places in Alabama and Michigan were putting their pics as blue bows for Jake and wear blue for Jake,” Fleming added.
People are showing support for Jacob and his family anyway they can, by wearing t-shirts, bracelets, changing their Facebook picture and even using a special hash tag on social media [#BlueForJacob].
Just a few examples of how the community is letting the Lucas family know the impact Jacob has left and that they are grieving with them.