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Beloved Father, Coach Passes Away

Coach Jay Ingram died Friday after being struck by a vehicle Thursday morning.

Updated Saturday at 7 a.m.

Hundreds of community members attended a candlelight vigil for Coach Jay Ingram at the Quest Soccer Field in Kennesaw Friday night.

The 32-year-old Kennesaw soccer coach and physical education teacher at Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy was while jogging on North Booth Road in Kennesaw.

Ingram was transported to in critical condition and died of his injuries Friday afternoon.

Ingram's wife, Corinne, announced his death on Facebook to family and friends:

I want to make all of you aware that my husband and father of our two children, Jay Ingram, passed away today at 330 due to complications from a severe traumatic brain injury caused by being hit by a car while jogging on 1/26/12. He has gone to live with his heavenly father and continue Gods work that he started here. I will keep his page open so that you all can comment if you want to. I will also update with arrangements so you all can pay your respects to him.

The driver of the vehicle, 50-year-old William Benton of Doraville, was not injured. The incident is still under investigation, and charges are pending, said spokesman Officer Mike Bowman.

Words of prayer flooded in for Ingram over the past two days. Community members from Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy, and Ingram's soccer club were just some of the people who gathered to pray for his recovery—and later—to remember his legacy.

We will post funeral arrangements as they become available.

Cobb Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call 770-499-3987.

Please leave a note in remembrance of this beloved member of our community. You can also share your memories of Coach Jay by clicking the "upload photos & videos" link.

valerie destin January 28, 2012 at 03:22 PM
My family is devastated by the passing of Coach Ingram. As an active parent at KCSMA, when my daughters attended the school, I personally witnessed the amazing caliber of a man Jay was. His passion for the wellbeing of the students, staff and parents, in addition to his love of life was contagious. His loving and animated presence will for ever be missed. Thanks you for the great laughs Coach. RIP! The Destins (Valerie, Jean, Annelyssa and Samarah)
Angela Ama Bentil- Buckle January 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Coach Ingram, we will miss you. You were the best coach ever! You were so funny, always happy and it was always such a joy and fun to be around you. You taught us all those songs, sports and fun games that you made up yourself. We believe you are happy with the Lord, Coach. We love you BIG TIME! The Buckles( Fianko, Dankwa and Ewuraba)
Ugo Adewumi January 29, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I am still short of words at this great loss, it is unbelievable to say the least!! Coach was so lively, funny and made everyone around him feel loved. KCSMA community will surely miss you. My daughter, Funmi says you are the best! We love you coach, but we know God loves you most. You will be missed dearly by all of us. May your gentle soul rest in the bossom of the Lord. The Adewumis (Ugo, Ade, Funmi and Tobi).
Gaetana Pipia January 29, 2012 at 04:06 AM
There will be two visitations on Monday, Jan. 30. The first will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., and the second will be from 6 to 9 p.m. The viewing will be held at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, located at 2950 North Cobb Pkwy in Kennesaw (770-422-7299). The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Living Hope Lutheran Church, located at 3450 Stilesboro Road in Kennesaw (770-425-6726). Due to the expected turn out, the service on Tuesday will be held outside. Community members are asked to keep the dress casual, and to wear yellow in honor of Jay Ingram.
John J,F, Coats January 30, 2012 at 05:28 PM
i m Fraser Coats s grandfather and I live in Scotland --i had the pleasure of meeting coach when accompanying my daughter-in-law to the school a few times --the latest was at christmas --i am equally devastated --i hope you & your children are blessed with God s love at this very sad time

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