Funeral set for East Jessamine student with 'huge heart'

Services have been set for the 17-year-old East Jessamine High School student lauded for his caring attitude, practical jokes and faith.

Jacob Mulcahy drowned in the Kentucky River on Wednesday. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Betts & West Funeral Home, 404 North Main Street in Nicholasville. The visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

"The 17 years that God gave my wife and I Jacob has been the perfect 17 years," said Danny Mulcahy, Jacob's father.

Jacob was an inspiration to his friends, who confided in him and sought advice from him, Mulcahy said.

"He was friends with everybody," Mulcahy said. "Jacob cared about everybody. He was loving. He had a huge heart."

Hayden Smith, 17, has known Jacob since middle school. They played basketball together in middle and high school, and Hayden said Jacob was a great teammate.

"It's going to be really different without him on the court," Smith said.

The teen played basketball with his father. Sometimes, they coached teams together, Mulcahy said.

Jacob also was a good friend, Hayden said.

Jacob "was always there for people," Hayden said. "...Everybody liked him."

Jacob's faith was important to him, said Mulcahy, youth minister at Nicholasville True Gospel Tabernacle. The teen was raised at True Gospel.

"His whole life, his 17 years, was spent at the church," Mulcahy said.

While Jacob had permission to go to a creek the day he died, his parents did not know he was at the Kentucky River, Mulcahy said. Jacob was allowed to go to the river, he just wasn't supposed to swim in it, his father said. Jacob wasn't a strong swimmer.

"He obviously tried to swim across, from what I can gather, and didn't make it," Mulcahy said.

Mulcahy said he and Jacob were close, and the two always played practical jokes on each other. "I couldn't ask for anything better in a son," he said.