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Family and friends remember the life of Jeezrel Wallace

Friends and family are mourning the loss of Jeezrel Wallace, who was killed after the SUV he was riding in plunged into a Van Buren County lake.

Friends and family are mourning the loss of Jeezrel Wallace, who was killed after the SUV he was riding in plunged into a Van Buren County lake.

Police said Wallace's girlfriend was driving, but she made it out alive.

Roy Fox and his wife were nearby at the time. They called 911 and gave warm clothes to Wallace's girlfriend after she escaped the freezing cold lake water.

They are also the ones who just months ago helped Jeezrel get a job he loved.

Fox and his family were part of a life changing tragedy Friday and tonight, they left flowers near the scene where their friend and coworker plunged off a dead end road into a School Section Lake in Bangor Township.

His girlfriend, who was driving, was distraught and searching for help, which she found at the Fox’s home.

She told them Wallace pushed her out the window as they sunk telling her to swim for shore.

"He fit right in with caring,” Fox said, describing Wallace. “It was a characteristic right up to the end."

Fox helped Wallace get a job at a local company that helps make homes more energy efficient.

Fox said Wallace was passionate and dedicated to his job.

"You can tell somebody when to care, where to care, why to care you can train someone, how to and Jeez had that inherently in him,” Fox said.

Nichole Gulotta, Fox's daughter who also worked with Wallace, sends prayers to his family.

"It’s just a tragedy, so close to Christmas, and I feel for his family, it’s very heartbreaking,” Gulotta said. “It's that time of year when you have to pull your loved ones tight."

Fox said there are no words to ease the pain, but believes Wallace's family will see him again.

"If Mother Earth were a Christmas tree, now it’s just one light that has dimmed, but it’s still lit," Fox said.

Wallace's girlfriend told the family the couple did not see the road end before crashing into the lake.

Michigan State Police said alcohol was a factor.

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