Quantcast

Community Remembers 2 JHS Seniors - KOAM TV 7

Community Remembers 2 JHS Seniors

Updated:
JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

The Jasper County Coroner Rob Chappel confirms Joplin High School senior RJ Daniels died from a gunshot wound. He says it appears to be accidental but that the Joplin Police Department is still investigating that. He also confirms Spencer Nicodemus died of a crush wound to the torso. The community continues to mourn the loss of those 2 students. Both died in separate accidents on Thursday.
Two high school seniors on very different paths but both Spencer Nicodemus and RJ Daniels are described as leaders known for helping and encouraging others.
Daniels was enrolled in the Joplin night FLEX program, getting back on track after dropping out of school.
“He found his purpose, he found his motive but he also was trying to help others to find theirs along the way. He knew what it was to struggle and that makes him my hero,” says one of his teachers Debbie Leatherman.
She and her husband Steve Leatherman both taught Daniels and say with his seat empty, class simply won't be the same. Despite a tough exterior and love for batman, they say he was supportive and always at the center of the crowd.
“When you first look at him you might think oh gosh he might be trouble but when you knew him, he was a really, really good guy,” says Steve Leatherman.
Spencer Nicodemus or “Nico” is also being remembered as a caring young man. Hundreds gather on Sunday to help raise money for his family by fishing, one of his favorite things to do.
“He had some evident passions that was the outdoors and just helping people. He was involved with helping special needs kids, peer buddies and mentoring freshman and that was just some of the things he really loved doing,” says Jake Young, one of his close friends.
With a contagious smile, friends say he was always having a good time.
“If you're having a bad day, he was the guy to see,” says Spencer Swanson.
“I'll miss his laugh. You could be in a room full of anybody and you could recognize his laugh. He was just one of the greatest friends that I’ve had and it’s terrible that we have to move on without him,” says Austin Landis.

Young, Swanson and Landis helped to organize the fishing fundraiser with all proceeds from tournament admission, silent auction and raffle items going to the family.
Despite leading different lives, both students are well loved and will be dearly missed.
Funeral arrangements for Daniels have not yet been confirmed. A memorial service for Nicodemus will be held Monday at 6 p.m. in the Joplin High School Performing Arts Center.
Go Fund Me pages have been made for both Nicodemus and Daniels.

To donate:

https://www.gofundme.com/senkos-for-nico

https://www.gofundme.com/help-raise-for-rj

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Joplin Seeks Public Comment on Action Plan

    Joplin Seeks Public Comment on Action Plan

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 1:00 PM EST2018-02-20 18:00:38 GMT
    The City of Joplin is asking residents to comment on the Fiscal Year 2018 Action Plan. The plan identifies how the Joplin region intends to allocate Community Development Block Grant Entitlement and Joplin Area Consortia HOME Investment Partnership funds. Officials say it serves as the guide for Community Development grant funded activities such as infrastructure improvement, public service grants and the provision of affordable housing. The Community Development Office will hold a...More >>
    The City of Joplin is asking residents to comment on the Fiscal Year 2018 Action Plan. The plan identifies how the Joplin region intends to allocate Community Development Block Grant Entitlement and Joplin Area Consortia HOME Investment Partnership funds. Officials say it serves as the guide for Community Development grant funded activities such as infrastructure improvement, public service grants and the provision of affordable housing. The Community Development Office will hold a...More >>
  • Neosho Attorney On Comments About Rifle Raffle

    Neosho Attorney On Comments About Rifle Raffle

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:50 PM EST2018-02-20 17:50:14 GMT
    The Neosho City Attorney says the Mayor voiced his comments as an individual when speaking about the youth baseball team raffling off an AR-15. PUBLIC NOTICE: From the Office of the City Attorney: Since the date of the tragic shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida a local Neosho youth baseball team has come under criticism for its raffling of an AR-15 rifle constructed by local manufacturer, Black Rain Ordnance. Along with the criticism, emotions...More >>
    The Neosho City Attorney says the Mayor voiced his comments as an individual when speaking about the youth baseball team raffling off an AR-15. PUBLIC NOTICE: From the Office of the City Attorney: Since the date of the tragic shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida a local Neosho youth baseball team has come under criticism for its raffling of an AR-15 rifle constructed by local manufacturer, Black Rain Ordnance. Along with the criticism, emotions...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-20

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-20

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:55 AM EST2018-02-20 15:55:46 GMT

    GALENA ARSONS Investigators in Galena, Kansas are looking into another suspected arson, the sixth in less than a week.  The Fire Chief says Sunday night's fire was set in an open field north of downtown.  It's the same area where five fires were set late Thursday night.  All of those fires were within three quarters of mile of each other.  Officials tell us they have some suspect leads in the investigation. NORTHPARK MALL ROBBERY Joplin Police say a suspect in a...

    More >>

    GALENA ARSONS Investigators in Galena, Kansas are looking into another suspected arson, the sixth in less than a week.  The Fire Chief says Sunday night's fire was set in an open field north of downtown.  It's the same area where five fires were set late Thursday night.  All of those fires were within three quarters of mile of each other.  Officials tell us they have some suspect leads in the investigation. NORTHPARK MALL ROBBERY Joplin Police say a suspect in a...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.