GRAFTON, Ohio - Jeremy Mohr, 21, of Penfield Township in Lorain County, is in a Fort Wayne, Indiana hospital suffering paralysis after a freak accident this past Saturday night.
Jeremy and 18-year-old Mallorie Kastner, from Wabash, Indiana, were struck by a falling tree, as they sat on a hammock together along Lake Winona in Indiana. Kastner was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mohr and Kastner are both students at Grace College and Theological Seminary.
Brenda Gerber, of Grafton, Ohio, is a lifelong friend of Mohr. Her son is his roommate at Grace College. She said Jeremy is a bright, funny, athletic college senior, majoring in sports management. Gerber said she watched him grow up with her sons and other boys from their area -- playing football, volleyball, swimming and riding jet skis.
"He loves people and he loves life... He's one of those kids that does not have a bad word about anyone," said Gerber.
Gerber rushed to Fort Wayne to be with the Mohr family after the accident. She said Jeremy is currently on a ventilator, but can move his head and shrug his shoulders slightly.
She said the Mohr family is relying on their faith to get through this difficult time.
"They believe God has a plan for Jeremy... That something good is going to come out of Jeremy's life because of this."
Jeremy's minister, Pastor Tim Mayo, of the Midview Baptist Church in Grafton, has been in contact with the Mohrs as well.
"We can trust in an all wise and all knowing God -- and that's where Jeremy is at this point," Pastor Mayo said.
A benefit is being planned by the church to help with the expenses faced by the Mohr family.
A fund has also been established for donations. Click on this link to find out more http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jeremymohr
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