FRIENDS and fellow students at Parkwood 6th Form paid their respects to teenager Jacob Woudstra at a memorial service today (Monday).
Grief-stricken friends and relatives of the 17-year-old lit candles and reflected on their fond memories of him in a moment’s silence during the event, conducted by college chaplain Peter Michell.
Today’s service comes as Jacob’s family and his friends struggle to come to terms with his death.
The 17-year-old was stabbed in the chest in The Shah pub on Thursday, April 5, just yards from his home in Mount Pleasant Road.
He was with his 19-year-old brother Levi.
Paramedics fought to save his life but he sadly died shortly afterwards.
The teenager, who attended William Parker Sports College before joining Parkwood, was on his Easter holidays when his life was tragically cut short.
Jacob was studying A-levels in history, politics, applied business and psychology.
At the service, Warren Davies, head of Parkwood, asked everyone to ‘hold a thought’ for Jacob and to see him as a ‘son, a brother, a friend and colleague and a respected and cherished student’.
Chief Inspector Heather Keating, Hastings District Commander, addressed students at today’s service, which was held at the Phoenix Arts Centre.
She said: “We are doing everything we can to ensure that those responsible for Jacob’s death will be brought to justice. We will continue to work tirelessly.”
Jacob’s dad, Steve, lit a candle in memory of his son, and thanked everyone for their support in the wake of the tragedy.
He said: “A lot of students knew Jacob and the best way to honour his memory is to go out and work hard and achieve.”
After the service students had the opportunity to pay their respects to Jacob by sign a book of condolence.