Knox MacEwen: 'Loving and caring' Florida boy, 14, dies from cardiac arrest after 5K run
Knox MacEwen, who was a student at Western High School in Davie, was rushed to the hospital but could not be saved
MIRAMAR, FLORIDA: A teenage boy reportedly died after taking part in The US Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) 5K run.
Knox MacEwen suffered a cardiac arrest following the race at Everglades High School on November 4, NBC Miami reported.
Though the 14-year-old was rushed to Memorial Miramar by Miramar Fire Rescue, he could not be saved.
MacEwen was a student at Western High School in Davie.
School principal offers condolences
Following the tragedy, the school’s Principal Jimmy Arrojo said, “I am saddened to share tragic news impacting our Wildcat community.”
“One of our JROTC students passed away this morning after being transported to the hospital. I want to offer my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones, teachers, and classmates as they mourn this great loss,” he stated.
The principal also noted, “I ask our Wildcat community to rally around the family in prayer and support during this time of deep sorrow."
He added, “Please know that grief counselors will be available on campus this week to meet with anyone needing assistance or support.”
Reports said the schoolboy was associated with the Crossway Church in Cooper City.
‘Knox was the best of us’
Pastor Jon Elswick shared after his death, “I think when you have a tragedy like this, and someone as loved as Knox, there’s ripple effects all the way through our church community, so we have students that were friends with him, family members that are friends with his family, so it’s been a really difficult time.”
“Knox’s dad said to me a couple of days ago, that Knox was the best of us, and I love that phrase because if you knew Knox, that’s who he was, right, this is a teenager who when you think about him, you think of a loving kid, a caring kid, a funny kid,” Elswick added.
‘This family has been through the unimaginable’
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe has been created to help MacEwen’s family.
The message read, “The purpose of this fundraiser is to help with funeral expenses, and to allow Knox’s parents, Kevin and Julie, to take some time off of work to grieve.”
The fundraiser added, “This family has been through the unimaginable, as this has happened as Knox’s mom, Julie, is still physically and financially recovering from a hard-fought battle with cancer this last year.”