The Camden County Sheriff's Office said Monday that 19-year-old Kamil Jackowski of Arlington Heights, Illinois, was found unconscious in the motel Sunday. He was later declared dead at a hospital, and an autopsy was planned.
"I just constantly want to say bye to him just one more time," said David Jackowski, Kamil's younger brother.
David and his youngest brother won't get that chance.
"I keep looking at pictures, see his smile, don't want to think it's real," he said.
The small memorial to his younger brother is set up on the Jackowski's dining room table, and it makes the loss painfully real.
"He came up to pick up his suit coat for formal... My suit coat," David said.
Kamil was away at Lake of the Ozarks for his fraternity's spring formal when someone found him unresponsive.
Camden County sheriff's Lt. Arlyne Page says foul play is not suspected, but she would not elaborate.
The Daily Herald said Jackowski was in Missouri for a Sigma Chi fraternity formal, and that University of Iowa fraternity and sorority leaders announced Monday they are indefinitely banning alcohol from all official events.
"We were all home for Easter, throwing around the football, always playing sports, always doing something," David remembered.
The Iowa Chop House restaurant in Iowa City confirmed over Twitter on Monday that Jackowski was an employee.
Today, we were saddened to hear of the death of one of our employees, Kamil Jackowski. On behalf of ICH, our condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/Rtbn0DeKoI— Iowa Chop House (@IowaChopHouse) May 1, 2017
"Our grief at this time is little compared to what his family must be feeling and our hearts and prayers go out to them. Kamil, you will always be a part of our team," restaurant founder John B. Burchert wrote.
"He always had a smile on his face, and it brought some positive vibes into the work environment," one of his workers there said.
Jackowski played football at Hersey, where he was a member of the Daily Herald's 2015 All-Area team for his work on both offense and defense. An online petition launched Monday asks Hersey to retire Jackowski's jersey number 1.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. null