Fanando Jackson Turning Tragedy into Motivation


Timmonsville, SC (WBTW) —Timmonsville standout Fanando Jackson is used to the hits on the field, but nothing prepared him for the unexpected and unfair death of his 12-year-old sister Fantasia in August during a drive by shooting.

“My sister, she had a good heart man. Like she didn’t bother no body. She was quiet. She was good, she was a lovable person. There was nothing about her that you disliked, ” Fanado said. “We were shocked like I don’t even want to talk about it. Like it was right there in front of me. Like I feel like I couldn’t protect her, I just couldn’t. I couldn’t do nothing.”

Fantasia was a bright light for Fanando and his family, with a smile that would grab anyone’s attention and an eye for her big brothers game.

“She would be smiling right over there. I missed that tackle, I missed this tackle.”

The Whirlwinds running back and linebacker isn’t angry about what happened anymore, but rather motivated by the tragedy.

“Seeing my momma cry daily like I have to do something about that. I feel like when she left us that day I think she left me on a mission like I gotta go get it.”

Fanando has done that as one of the Pee Dee’s best all-around players. The senior up to this point has rushed the ball 98 times for 752 yards and 6 touchdowns to go along with 36 tackles and an interception. 

“You know I do see an extra burst you know I see a very focused young man every day in practice,” Timmonsville head coach Ronnie Baker said.

“She told me that if I keep doing what I am doing on the field I could go to the pros, like I have a chance,” Jackson said.

Fanando says he will continue to make his sister proud on and off the field and keep her memory with him for the rest of his life. 

“Like I was saying her smile, it will always be there and how lovable of a person she was. we had a good bond, like I’ll never forget. I know she is smiling down somewhere.”

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