Next to his love for lacrosse, one of Jeremy Huber's passions was music. He had played the piano since second grade, enjoyed music from a dizzying array of genres and aced an exam in a music course this month at Johns Hopkins University.
"He just took an intersession class at Hopkins this month, and the subject was Motown, [Bob] Dylan and something," recalled Nancy Huber, Jeremy's mother. "It was about music and culture and there were two parts to a final. When he got one of the parts back, he texted me and said, 'Mom, I got 62 out of 56.' I wrote back, 'You mean 56 out of 62?' He said, 'No, I got 62 out of 56. I must've got all the trivia right.'"
Nancy Huber spoke Wednesday night, two days after her eldest son was found dead in his college dorm Monday morning, Baltimore police and university officials said. Jeremy Huber, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound defenseman from Las Vegas, was 18.
The university announced Wednesday night that a candlelight vigil to honor Jeremy Huber will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. at Homewood Field. Coach Dave Pietramala and members of the Hopkins men's lacrosse team are slated to attend and Pietramala might speak at the ceremony.
Music will be a theme at the vigil, Nancy Huber said. Her youngest son, Justin, was in the process of compiling a playlist of his older brother's favorite songs.
"He liked everything from the '60s — minus the '80s — to today," Nancy Huber said with a laugh. "He and his dad had that in common. They think [the '80s were] a bad decade for music."
Aside from music, Jeremy Huber was dedicated to his schoolwork. He was a salutatorian at West Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, and Nancy Huber said a "B" in the second semester of his senior year prevented her son from graduating as the valedictorian.
"His roommates will tell you that they never saw him study," she said. "He was naturally smart. But he did study. I think he studied. He just didn't study as much as they did."
Nancy Huber said her son was introduced to lacrosse in sixth grade by a friend. After playing in two games, he was invited to the middle school All-Star game.
"He was big and aggressive and as his coach in high school said, he was built for lacrosse — mentally and physically," Nancy Huber said.
Nancy Huber said she and her husband, Robert, were informed of their son's death when Pietramala called them at 5 a.m. Las Vegas time. She said Pietramala told them their son was found unresponsive by his roommates, who called 911. But it was too late.
The family arrived in Baltimore Monday night, and Nancy Huber described the past few days as surreal.
"Sort of still incomprehensible," she said. "But the support we have gotten from the university, from Coach P, from the entire team, from all of our family and friends has been what gets you through. … A bunch of the players' families wanted to contact us, but [school officials] wouldn't give out our numbers until they cleared it with us. We said that we would love to, and we started hearing from a number of the parents that we haven't met. It's just amazing."
Homicide detectives do not suspect foul play, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is still investigating the cause of Huber's death.
Nancy Huber said the family has not heard any new information regarding her son's death.
"Just because I don't want people to think there was any foul play, or that he did anything, he had a swollen tonsil and was in the ER Friday night," she said. "That's all we know."
Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.