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Funeral held for Corbin teen killed in Knox Co. crash

CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT) - On Saturday, family and friends laid to rest a Corbin teen who died one week ago.

Police say Samson Callender, 14, and friends were riding bikes on US 25, when an ambulance hit him last Saturday.

WKYT talked with Callender's mother about how thankful she is for the community's support.

"The whole football team from Lynn Camp came, the cheerleaders came, all friends from school," Holly Johnson, Callendar's mother, said.

Johnson was overwhelmed Friday, watching dozens walk into her son's visitation.

"I was really surprised with as much support the community, and the school, and everybody has shown. I'm really blessed to have them," Johnson said.

Samson Callender was a freshman at Lynn Camp High School. He died last week. Police say while he was riding bikes with his friends, an ambulance hit him.

He was outgoing, athletic, and friends say, was always making them smile.

"He was amazing. He could make anybody laugh at their worst, that's for sure," Brooklyn Elliot, a friend, said.

"He knew how to make you smile and laugh on your worst days. He knew how to bring you up when you were down. And he never let you down," Kristina Zimmer, a friend, said.

Two others were injured in the deadly crash. They were treated for their injuries and released.


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