SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Grant High School’s Jaulon Clavo is not only missed on the field, but at home this holiday season as people gathered for his funeral on Saturday.
A life taken too soon, hundreds of family, friends and community members gathered at Calvary Christian Center in North Sacramento to say their final goodbyes to the boy they knew as “JJ.”
Outside, hugs and tears as loved ones grieve together and comfort each other. Inside, a celebration of this 17-year-old’s life.
JJ’s cousin says the teen’s attitude was infectious.
“We all got that smile that just brighten up everybody,” he said.
It’s those memories that loved ones are holding close as investigators search for the person responsible for JJ’s murder.
“I’ve known Jalen since he was about eight years old,” said family friend Jamil Abuer Raheel.
The teen was shot and killed in Del Paso Heights while driving his fellow Grant High School football teammates to grab some food ahead of their playoff game on November 13.
Another player was injured. He was in attendance at today’s funeral.
“I see a lot of his friends,” JJ’s cousin said.
A reward fund has grown to $30,000 for information leading to JJ’s killer. Loved ones are confident they’ll get justice for him.
“I think with the community and everything, you will see justice,” Raheel said.
The Sacramento County Board of supervisors is scheduled to approve adding $5,000 to the fund in early December.