June 20--The brothers and sisters of Jackson Garland, the 18-year-old Los Osos man killed in a vehicle crash Wednesday, are mourning the death of their youngest sibling this week.
Garland's oldest sister, Jenn Garland, said the teen was born in Baltimore, Md., and spent the first three years of his life there before moving west with his mother.
The rest of his siblings -- two brothers and two sisters -- as well as his father, Jim Garland, still live in Maryland. They learned of his death late Wednesday.
"Our family here in Maryland has been crying since last night," Jenn Garland wrote in an email Thursday.
In a phone interview Friday morning, she said her half-brother visited his East Coast family during the summer and over Christmas break.
"He rode bikes, had water-gun fights; we would take him to amusement parks," said Jenn Garland, 32. Their dad often took Jackson Garland to a home he has on Solomons Island, in the southern part of the state, to go fishing and crabbing.
Jenn Garland said her brother spent a lot of time with her three children.
"He was very good with them," she said. "He always had a good head on his shoulders."
Jackson Garland's other siblings include Jimmy Garland, 30; Jeanna Garland-Parsons, 29; and Johnnie Garland, 27.
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