On Monday in Anderson, South Carolina, a high school football player, 15, was killed by a falling tree during a violent storm.
Around 5 p.m. on Monday, Evan Kinley was visiting his grandparents and pulled up to their driveway on Arnold Drive near Kings Road. He was hit by a huge tree that had been uprooted during the storm as he made his way toward the garage.
When first responders finally reached Kinley, they found that he had already died from his wounds despite their best efforts to cut through the tree and free him. Due to the harsh weather, the Anderson County Coroner’s Office determined that the death was accidental, according to FOX Carolina.
The student body at T.L. Hanna High School is attempting to cope with the loss of Kinley, a sophomore there.
According to Kyle Newton, the communications director for Anderson District 5, dealing with that tragedy is “just imaginable” for them, the [football] team, and that family.
The tweet below gives tribute to him:
Join with us in lifting up the Kinley family today with our thoughts and prayers as we all grieve the loss of our dear friend and teammate Evan. pic.twitter.com/2iah8aR2D3
— TL Hanna Football (@TLH_Football) August 8, 2023
“Any time that you have a student pass away, it’s hard on the school and the district and the family. You just can’t imagine what they’re going through right now.”
Brenda Kelly, the principal of Anderson School District 5, also stated in the wake of Kinley’s passing.
To aid students and staff in processing this tragedy, more support staff members will work at TL Hanna tomorrow. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time,” the message said. “Words never seem to be enough to bring comfort in these circumstances, but please take a moment to consider why we are in the positions that we are, and please keep Evan, his family, and the TLH students, faculty, and staff in mind as you go about your day tomorrow.
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“As the district learns more information about arrangements, we will be sure to send that information out accordingly.”
Kinley enjoyed playing junior firefighter off the field with the Broadway Fire Department. According to his obituary, he was also an outdoorsman who adored fishing and hunting.
“Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers,” Broadway Fire Department posted on Facebook. “The next few days are going to be rough on them. Evan was a great kid!! He was a Junior Firefighter with us and we were really looking forward to having him in the future. He’ll definitely be missed. Rest in peace our young friend. Gone too soon!!!”