Geoffrey and Debbie Carver of Danville were given jerseys with the number 79 worn by their late son, 15-year-old Jacob Carver, when he played for the Timberlane Tornadoes football team. The framed jerseys were presented at the start of a game Saturday night at Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow. (JASON SCHREIBER PHOTO)
Death at Danville police chief's home continues to haunt parents
Geoffrey and Debbie Carver have spent the last six months trying to understand their son's death, which authorities say was a suicide. They never saw any signs in the days before he suffered a fatal gunshot wound while alone inside the home of Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons.
"He was just like the all-American boy. It's just so hard to understand," his mother said. "If it could happen to him, it could happen to anybody ... none of it makes sense."
Players wore Jacob's number, No. 79, on the back of their helmets along with the initials "DN" in honor of former longtime coach David Nye, who died in February after battling cancer.
The night before the shooting, Jacob was at his father's house talking about how much he was looking forward to a wrestling banquet that week. Jacob and his father were also working out together as the teen prepared for lacrosse and football.
Jacob was also talking about college.
"He was looking into the future," Geoffrey Carver said.
But everything changed on the night of March 11, when the teen suffered a gunshot wound while left alone at the home of Parsons.
"I'm quite sure it was just an accident that happened. Unfortunately, a gun was left out and he was playing around with it," he said.
"For teenagers, if they ever feel they have something they can't tell their parents, or they're feeling down and there's no hope, they should talk to their coach, or a teacher, or a counselor. Talk to another adult," she said.
"I'm sure he's looking down and smiling right now," she said of her late son.
His infectious smile is something his teammates will never forget.