Vigil held for Lapeer resident Jesse Goode, family seeks justice in his death

Vigil held for Jesse Goode / Jason Dubois

A Mid-Michigan family is demanding justice after Lapeer resident, Jesse Goode dies suddenly at the Genesee County Jail.

NBC25 went to the vigil held in his memory.

Goode's family and friends say they're devastated his life ended so soon.

They want to know how he died, so they can one day explain his death to his infant son.

Loved ones of Lapeer resident Jesse Goode hold a candlelight vigil in his memory Thursday night.

They stand in front of the Genesee County Jail seeking justice in his sudden death.

That TMs all we want is answers, we're not making any accusations. We just want to know what happened to Jesse, said Kelley Collett, the mother of Goode TMs son.

Sheriff officials say Goode was serving time for drinking and driving when on April 16th his cellmates found him unresponsive, shortly after he was pronounced dead.

My brother was never trying to turn his life around, he was always moving forward with it and he just had some struggles and hurdles he had to get over like everybody else in life, said Kelly Good, Jesse Goode TMs sister.

At first officials said Goode died of an overdose, but the Genesee County Sheriff says the cause of his death won't be known for two to three weeks.

Goode was 30 years old.

He was taken at such a young age. It's a reality check for some of our friends to look at the life choices we have all made, said Anthony Carmisino, a close friend of Goode TMs.

Goode leaves behind the love of his life and a one year old son named Jesse "Gage."

Since he's past there's been an extra twinkle in my son's eyes and I know its Jesse, said Collett.

Those who knew and loved Jesse say the candlelight represents Jesse TMs personality because his smile could light up a room.

It didn't matter how upset you were. Jesse would walk into the room, put his arm around you and smile and everything would be okay again, said Collett.

Memories they'll cherish of a man whose life ended too soon.

Memorial contributions can be made to Justice for Jesse Goode.

The donations will go to his son Gage's college education.