Charlotte Football Star Giving Back To Science After Death

CHARLOTTE, NC — Family and friends are holding a vigil Wednesday for a Harding University High School football player killed in West Charlotte.

Tuesday, WCCB Charlotte learned Jamie Bright is helping the game even after his death.

“My grandson’s life is gone, but his legacy for being part of giving back to a sport he loved, I think that’s going to be wonderful,” said Marjorie Bright.

Family decided to donate his brain to science for research on football injuries that can cause neurodegenerative diseases in people who have multiple head injuries.

“He can be part of that trailblazing in what they’re doing now, and he’s young. So, they may see a beginning. Maybe nothing’s wrong with him, but they could still see it’s an impact playing a sport,” said Marjorie Bright.

Her grandson was a defensive lineman for Harding. He died early Sunday morning at his family home on Clanton Rd. when police say his friend, Jermarion Worthy, shot him.

“It was an accident,” said Bright’s sister, Mardesha Bright. “They was the best of friends like when you see Jamie, you see him.”

Jamie’s sister says she does not know where the gun came from, CMPD is investigating that, but she says she forgives Worthy.

“I still love him,” said Mardesha Bright. “I forgive him. My family forgives him. That’s still, he still a part of us, too.”

Now, they focus on Jamie giving back to the sport he loved.
“If he could do something to help someone else, I’m quite sure that he would have said, ‘Mom, this is for me.’,” said Marjorie Bright.

The candlelight vigil for bright is at 8:00 Wednesday night in the bus parking lot at Harding.

Bright’s funeral is Saturday at 10 in the morning at University Park Baptist Church on Beatties Ford Road. The public is invited.