Rensselaer Central High School mourns loss of student

A memorial for Jared Valentine sits under the Arby's sign on South College Avenue.

Posted: Feb. 26, 2018 5:34 PM
Updated: Feb. 26, 2018 5:50 PM

RENSSELAER, Ind, (WLFI) — A memorial for Jared Valentine sits under the Arby's sign on South College Avenue. He was a Junior at Rensselaer Central High School.

Related: Name released of Rensselaer stabbing victim; suspect jailed

Police said Valentine was stabbed three times while working his shift at the local Arby's Thursday night. His coworker, Raymond Dhliwayo told police he was sorry for stabbing Valentine. He was arrested for murder shortly after.

Superintendent Curtis Craig said the community is devastated right now. They grieved the loss of another student at the high school last semester.

It has been a very, very hard year," said Craig. "Especially in a community like Rensselaer that is very close-knit."

Craig said he didn't know Valentine personally. However, he said it is clear he was well-liked at the school.

"He had a lot of friends," said Craig. "And the theme I hear over and over was that Jared was just a really good guy."

Craig said the healing process is going to take a long time, especially since this violent crime happened at such a popular place in Rensselaer.

Craig said counseling for students and staff was offered Friday and will continue to be available for the coming weeks.

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