Heath Jackson's mother uses her son's death to help others

Heath Jackson's mother uses her son's death to help others

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Five years after the death of local Christian DJ Heath Jackson, his close friends and family say his legacy will forever live on in the Chattahoochee Valley.

"People knew of him, whether or not they actually knew him, they would turn on the radio and hear his voice or his name," Ian Allen said.

Allen met Jackson through church affiliations and mutual friends.

"He made sure to love on everybody and become friends with everyone he met, so just a loving God-fearing guy is who he was," Allen said.

His mother Angie Idel said he captivated the hearts of many with his music and his voice.

"I think the fear of a parent is that their child will be forgotten, so you know I'm not going to let that happen," Idel said.

Allen said Jackson has not been forgotten, especially through orange and blue bracelets they use as a reminder of his legacy.

"It's just a reminder to our community of the impact that he continues to have even though he's not physically here with us the bracelet kind of carries on his legacy."

His mom tells me Jackson was an Auburn fan and people traveling all over the globe, wear the bracelets and send her pictures with them back.

Damon Free with PMB broadcasting worked with Jackson at the radio until his untimely passing. He said Jackson was a practical joker and he touched a lot of people.

"He left the community in better shape than he got it, what most people try to spend a lifetime doing it was very impressive he was able to do so much in so little time," Free said.

"I was hearing about these untimely deaths of these young people and I wanted to reach out to people, but I didn't really know how," Idel said.

In light of her son's death, Idel started The Healing Hearts support group for others who have lost a family member as well.

They meet on the last Thursday of every month.

Jackson was shot and killed outside his Lakebottom home during a home invasion in 2010.

Ricardo Strozier pled guilty to his murder is serving life in prison without parole.

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