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Emotional vigil held for 17-year-old drowning victim

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JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - On Sunday, a community joined together to remember a teen who recently drowned in the Kentucky River.

Jacob Mulcahy’s friends, family members and classmates attended the emotional vigil where they honored his life and mourned his untimely death.

If you talk to anyone who knew Jacob Mulcahy, they'll be quick to tell you that he had two loves in his life.

“He grew up playing basketball and going to church,” said Jacob’s dad, Danny Mulcahy.

Jacob’s dad told us that Jacob’s passion for life was unmatched and his faith was unwavering.

“If there’s one thing I want people to remember about Jacob it was his faith in God,” Danny Mulcahy told us Sunday.

Last Wednesday, the East Jessamine High School junior went swimming on Kentucky River with his friends when he went under and never resurfaced.

Crews found his body on Thursday near the end of Highway 39 in Jessamine County. They spent a total of 31 hours looking for Jacob.

Less than a week after the tragedy, a vigil for Jacob was held at the Route 39 boat ramp, just a few yards away from where the accident happened.

But the serene scenery at the Route 39 boat ramp couldn't mask the somber mood at Sunday’s vigil.

At many times, the tears were uncontainable as loved ones shared the memories they made with Jacob.

As uplifting music played in the background---family, friends, classmates and complete strangers leaned on one another to reflect and remember the young man they knew and loved.

“He’s with us right now in faith and in God and we will see him one day. I love you Jacob, you were always there for me,” said one of Jacob’s friends at the vigil.

Sunday’s heartfelt vigil gave everyone opportunity to focus less on Jacob’s untimely death and to focus more on the legacy he left behind.

Jacob’s visitations will be Monday at 4:00 and Tuesday at 11:00 at Betts and West Funeral Home in Nicholasville. His funeral will follow at 1:00 on Tuesday.

Donations to help with Jacob’s funeral expenses can be made to the “Mulcahy Memorial Fund” at any Kentucky Bank Branch.


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