After she was thrown from the Fire Ball amusement park ride at the Ohio State Fair and taken to the hospital, Keziah Lewis had one question for her mom.
“She kept asking for her boyfriend,” Clarrisa Williams said. “I had to tell her he was the one who was deceased.”
Lewis’ 18-year-old boyfriend of a year, Tyler Jarrell of Columbus, died and seven others were injured when the ride broke apart just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was thrown high into the air and landed on the ground about 50 feet from the ride. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The other injured riders were transported to local hospitals, including Lewis, who had just completed her sophomore year at the University of Cincinnati, where her mother said she was a creative writing and journalism major.
Jarrell, a rising senior at Franklin Heights High School in the South-Western city schools, had enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corps last week and was part of the delayed-entry program, meaning he would head to boot camp post-graduation. His mother, Amber, was too distraught to talk about him Thursday afternoon.
Navy Capt. Gerard “Tom” Lennon Jr., however, knew Jarrell well. Before Jarrell decided to enlist in the Marines, he had been a part of the Navy’s JROTC program at Franklin Heights for three years.
“Tyler was an absolute delight. Like so many young people, he spent the last year figuring out what he wanted in life. And he had done so, and he had put the steps in place to make it…
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