James McGrath took part in lacrosse activities while he was a student at Fairfield Prep, a Jesuit Catholic high school located in Connecticut.
James “Jimmy” McGrath’s family, classmates, and other mourners joined together on Friday morning for a funeral Mass for the lacrosse player who passed away last week at the age of 17.
The Reverend Brian Gannon, who delivered the eulogy at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull, stated that Fairfield Prep and the town of Shelton are both experiencing a great deal of suffering right now. Our hometown hero has passed away, and the loss of such a beloved figure is shared by all of us.
Kevin McGrath, the father of the teenager who was killed, had only a few days earlier remarked on how beautiful the weather had been when his son’s Fairfield College Preparatory School lacrosse teammates had taken the field in their first game following the tragedy. They were competing against Shelton High School, which is where the deceased teenager’s many friends and his sister are seniors.
After the Shelton-Prep game, Kevin shared with everyone that he had the impression that Jimmy had taken action to ensure that the weather would be favorable for the game, and he said “Kevin.” The way you’re feeling makes it seem as though Jimmy’s love is all around you, and I hope that’s what we can take away from what you’re experiencing.
A fight that broke out outside of a high school party on Saturday just before the clock struck midnight resulted in McGrath receiving fatal injuries. According to the documents filed with the court, there were around 25 young men who participated in the brawl.
Raul Eliah Valle, 16, from Milford has been charged with one count of murder as well as two counts of first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing McGrath and other individuals during the incident. Valle attended St. Joseph High School in Trumbull at the time that McGrath was a junior at Fairfield College Prep. St. Joseph High School is a Jesuit Catholic high school that is located close to the school.