Visitation Thursday For Student Who Died After Soccer Injury

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

Grief counselors were on hand Wednesday after a student at George Rogers Clark High School died.

Clark County Superintendent Ed Musgrove says the student was 14-year-old freshman McKenna Hatchett.

The family's Mt. Zion Christian Church Pastor Kenny Speakes spoke with us on behalf of the grieving family, saying she'll be remembered for her big smile.

Others wrote words of love and remembrance on a banner that now hangs in the halls of George Rogers Clark High School.

Speakes says she was a member of the Church Youth Group and a baptized believer in Jesus Christ.

Speakes says she injured her hip last week while playing soccer. She didn't improve and was told by a doctor to go to UK Hospital for treatment. She died there on Tuesday afternoon.

The Fayette County coroner says it appears she may have died from a staph infection. Since staph is considered a natural cause of death, there will not be an autopsy.

Grief counselors were also on hand at a middle and elementary school where the girl's siblings reportedly attend.

Visitation for McKenna Hatchett is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mount Zion Christian Church in Winchester.

Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, also at the church. Burial will follow at Clarmont Memorial Gardens.

The family requests contributions be made to the George Rogers Clark Girl's Soccer Team. The school is located at 620 Boone Ave., Winchester, Ky., 40391.


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  • by Brooke Location: ????? on Dec 17, 2008 at 02:16 PM
    I am a friend of Mckenna's and I miss her so much! I am also a friends with ramsey and kayden when i hugged them both i told them i loved and they both said "I love you 2"
  • by kaelin Location: winchester on Oct 24, 2008 at 03:46 PM
    Mckenna was so amazingg in everything she did. i've known her for a very long time and she has been like a sister to me for many years. i miss her more and more everyday.. this freshman year has been hard and is yetfull to get harder.. i love you mckenna, missy, tim, kayden, and ramsey.
  • by jamie Location: brea on Sep 10, 2008 at 07:06 AM
    i understand all of her best freinds i lost two of my best freinds on march 22 08 and it was the worse day of my life allthough we may never 4 get this but we gotta think about our familys and our selfs and live happy lke kenna and our lost love ones and live the way they would want us to live happy and live life to its fullest dont take life as a joke or for granted if any of her family or freinds wanna tlk just email me and i will help you to the best of my abilty thanks and may god blees you
  • by Tonya Location: McCreary on Sep 8, 2008 at 07:36 AM
    This is so sad. You never know what is going to hapen. My thoughts and prayers go out to this family.
  • by Kenneth Location: S.E. Ky on Sep 8, 2008 at 05:30 AM
    May God bless this family..
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2008 at 03:47 AM
    Prayers with the family.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2008 at 08:58 PM
    to the person that posted on the 4th. It sounds like to me that you just want to keep your kid at home and get some o poor baby and get glory from a childs death. You kind of people make me sick.
  • by pikegal Location: pikeville on Sep 7, 2008 at 02:29 PM
    Don't you people know the difference between staff and staph? May God bless this family...
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 6, 2008 at 05:13 AM
    To Posted by: ???????? Location: winchester on Sep 4, 2008 at 06:23 AM -"...staff has been all over the school."? Yes, that is what they get paid for. Now STAPH on the other hand...
  • by amanda dennis her best friend Location: somewhere on Sep 5, 2008 at 02:10 PM
    this girl is my best friend, we used to run around mt. zion with each other for hours on end, and at her house we would ride the 4wheeler up and down her drive way, and give each other driving tests, i know the hatchets are greiving, who couldnt after knowing that you will never see Ms. Smiley for a long time, we all know we will see her again up in heaven, and today at the funeral when she was being buried it started to rain, and i said to my mom "that is god's way of saying that he is sad she had to go, but hes happy she is with him", when i found out that my best friend had died, i thought it was just a bad dream. At the visitation and funeral, it was my worst nightmare, knowing that i wont get to see her for a long time, and wat really made me cry was at the visitation, her dad said to me "i know she loved you and i know that you loved her" and then the pastor said " amanda you have to find the best in everyday, she is in a better place now" kenna this isnt goodbye its a c'ya later.

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