Teen killed on Ohio State Fair amusement park ride enlisted in Marines 5 days prior


    Tyler Jarrell of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, is now being identified as the young man who lost his life in a catastrophic amusement ride disaster at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday night.

    The Daily Mail reports Jarrell, 18, was killed upon impact after being thrown into the air when one of the carriages carrying passengers snapped off at high speed and came crashing to the ground.

    The disaster occurred just five days after Jarrell posted a Facebook photo showing him holding a plaque that reads Department of the Navy and United States Marine Corps.

    Marine Corps Recruiting South Columbus Ohio also posted a photo of Jarrell to Facebook Sunday showing their excitement toward his enlistment.

    “Give him one! Tyler Jarrell is the first senior from Franklin Heights high school to enlist into the United States Marine Corps this year,” the post continues, “I’m proud to call him my brother. #FranklinHeights #Marines.”

    The Daily Mail reports Jarrell was active in his community and volunteered with the Columbus Police Force Explorer’s Club, was a decorated member of the Boy Scouts and worked at McDonald’s.

    His boss from Mcdonald’s has nice things to say about Jarrell.

    “He was a good kid who just passed his physical and was accepted into the Marines last Thursday — I thought of him as my son, and he called me mom,” Sharon Payne said in posted photo.

    According to the Daily Mail, the Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified six of seven victims. They are not releasing the name of the seventh because he’s a minor.

    The victims are: Tamika Dunlap, 36, of Reynoldsburg; Russell Franks, 42, of Columbus; Keziah Lewis, 19, of Columbus; Jacob Andrews, 22, of Pataskala; Jennifer Lambert, 18, of Columbus; and Abdihakim Hussein, 19, of Columbus.

    The Ohio State Fair released a statement Thursday, saying, “Our hearts are heavy for the families of those involved in last night’s tragic accident.”

    The Daily Mail reports the fair is open for business — though all rides remain closed to the public.

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