Friends remember man killed in Orlando shooting
MESA, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Jason Josaphat was just 19-years-old when he lost his life over the weekend.
Two-years-ago he was living in Arizona and graduated from Skyline High School in Mesa.
Now his friends and former classmates are sharing their memories of Jason.
"I'm just happy that I got to meet him. Honestly, he was a very, very, very caring person. He loved everybody, no matter who it was," said Nay Martinez.
A group of friends says Josaphat was involved in track, football, cheer, and the hip-hop dance squad. He was known for his outgoing personality.
"There wasn't a day I didn't see Jason smiling, about being at school, or being around everybody," said Kiara Parham.
Parham says Jason moved with his family to Orlando after graduation. He was about to graduate with a computer science degree from a technical college.
"Me and Jason were close; I literally told him that I was going to come visit him in Orlando because that's how close we are. I just talked to him the other day; it's not real to me," said Parham.
Josaphat often posted videos to his Instagram page. His friends say he was upbeat and would try to brighten their day.
"It hurts that nobody really got to experience him the way we got to experience him. He's so young, and he shouldn't have, nobody should have to experience that," said Parham.
A candlelight vigil will be held to celebrate his life on Wednesday night. It starts at 6 p.m. at Skyline Park in Mesa.