AVON, Ohio — The Avon Local School District is mourning the loss of Kaleb Keffer, a 16-year-old high school junior who died in a car accident this past weekend.
Superintendent Ben Hodge confirms Kaleb died Saturday after being seriously injured in the crash. Hodge expressed his "great sadness" at Kaleb's passing and the board of education asked the community to keep the Keffer family in their thoughts and prayers.
"This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and thoughts for our entire school community, especially our students who we know are deeply impacted," Hodge wrote in a letter to Avon parents and staff. "Our high school counselors, County Crisis team, and staff are here to help."
Kaleb was a member of the Eagles wrestling team, and on Monday the program shared a GoFundMe link to assist his family. Assistant coach Steven Daugherty, who organized the fundraiser, said Kaleb was "a bright spot on the wrestling team, always smiling, eager to support his teammates and a joy to coach."
According to Hodge, counselors will be available to students, staff, and parents in the coming days. A candlelight vigil in Kaleb's honor will take place Wednesday at 9 p.m. at Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet Stadium, followed by a memorial service Sunday at 2 p.m. at the high school's Performing Arts Center.
"If you see any indication that your child is struggling with this loss, would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school administrator, teacher and/or counselor," Hodge said.
Exact details regarding the crash that took Kaleb's life are not known at this time.