Cheney High School in Washington state is reeling from a tragedy that no one could have anticipated. Last week, during a PE class, 16-year-old Brayden Bahme suffered a freak accident that ended in his untimely death.
School officials described the incident as a “tragic accident” in a letter to staff and students. Details of what happened are scarce, but according to local news station KREM, Bahme fell into a goal post after running. The school district superintendent, Rob Roettger, declined to confirm these reports.
What is clear is that Bahme was seriously injured and rushed to a nearby hospital. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, he did not survive. The school announced his passing on its Facebook page, expressing its condolences to the family and friends of the young man.
“Brayden loved to fish,” the post read. “We are encouraging everyone to bring a fishing item to be placed at the memorial and later donated by Brayden’s family to a youth fishing organization in Brayden’s name.”
The school is also organizing a vigil for Bahme, which will take place on Monday night. Students, staff, and community members are expected to attend to pay their respects and mourn together.
The tragedy has hit the Cheney community hard. Bahme was a popular student and had many friends at the school. His family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral expenses, with any additional funds going to a local youth fishing program.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to Brayden,” the family wrote on the page. “Please keep our family in your prayers and any donation to help with funeral expenses is greatly appreciated.”
As the community comes together to remember Brayden Bahme, they are also grappling with the sudden and senseless loss of a young life. The school has promised to support students and staff during this difficult time, but the healing process will undoubtedly take time.