|Birth: ||Aug. 5, 1996|
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 2013|
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ERIC SARGEANT, JR. Age 16, of Hemet, California passed away on Monday, January 14, 2013, at Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley, California. He was born on Monday, August 5, 1996 in Hemet, CA to Eric Sargeant, Sr. and Melissa Lansing. Eric is survived by his parents; his brother, Carter; his grandparents, Cindy and Greg Reed, and Doug Sargeant; and his girlfriend, Alison. He was affectionately known by his family and close friends as "Squirt." He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. Eric enjoyed many activities including baseball at Valley Wide, cooking with his mom, playing video games, and anything in the water- like fishing, boating, swimming and going to the beach. One of his favorite trips was when he went to Lake Tahoe with his grandparents, Ron and Donna. He was also involved in JROTC at Hemet High School and attended the Hemet Church of the Nazarene. Eric was a loving young man who touched the lives of everyone around him. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. A Funeral Service will be on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 42655 E. Florida Ave., Hemet, California 92544. The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Church of the Nazarene.
Published in Press-Enterprise on January 18, 2013
HEMET: Hundreds attend funeral for slain teen
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Pallbearers carry out the casket of Eric Sargeant Jr. at the end of his funeral service on Saturday, Jan. 19 2013 at the Hemet Church of the Nazarene. The Hemet teenager died Monday after being stabbed.
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BY CRAIG SHULTZ STAFF WRITER January 19, 2013; 04:49 PM
Members of Eric Sargeant Jr.'s family expressed thanks for the overwhelming show of support they have received from the community during his funeral Saturday, Jan. 19.
An estimated 500 people filled the chapel at Hemet Church of the Nazarene to say goodbye to the 16-year-old Hemet High sophomore, who died after being stabbed Monday, Jan. 14.
"I want to express all our gratitude to such a caring group of people," Eric's grandfather, Ron Lansing, said during a eulogy. "We talk about how bad this valley is getting; it's not because we have all these kids here. … Eric touched our lives and in our loss we realize how many friends he had and has."
Eric's father, also Eric Sargeant, drove for two days from his home in South Carolina for the service.
"I knew he had friends, but not this many," he said.
Sargeant said he was planning to give the truck he drove out in to his son when he graduated from high school. Now, he said, he'll probably keep it for Eric's younger brother, Carter, 12.
Before the service, friends and relatives lined up before an open casket to get one last look at the teen.
Others signed poster boards and looked at photographs displayed in the foyer.
During his eulogy, Lansing said Eric, known among family as "Squirt," enjoyed being outdoors.
"He loved the water, he loved being outdoors," Lansing said. "He loved fishing and boating and swimming."
As others have been saying since the tragedy, Lansing spoke of Eric's good nature and his infectious laugh.
"He loved music," Lansing said. "I'm not sure what kind of music; maybe his friends know. He always had his iPod with him and his skateboard."
Lansing ended his talk with a message to the mourners.
"Don't let it die here," he said. "Parents, love your kids. Kids, if your parents are strict, let them be. They only want what's best for you."
Eric was stabbed near Acacia Avenue and Cherrywood Drive in East Hemet around 4:45 p.m. Monday and died later at Riverside County Regional Medical Center.
Police arrested three males, a 20-year-old and two teenagers, in connection with his death Thursday, Jan. 17. Riverside County sheriff's investigators have not released a motive.
Note: Students and their relatives expressed sorrow upon hearing of the death of Eric Sargeant Jr., who was killed Monday, Jan. 14, after he was stabbed by a group of attackers.
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