"Jared Padgett's extended family knew him as a happy, chatty person who was quick to hug, full of love and had a goal in life, unlike many teenagers."
Um. Most all of the teenagers I've encountered have goals. I myself had goals for my life when I was a teenager. Most of them weren't really realistic and didn't come to pass, but that doesn't meant I didn't have them. How about giving the upcoming adults some credit?