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UPDATE: Letcher County community holds candlelight vigil for eight-year-old who died in bicycle accident

By: Morgan Lentes, Erika Glover Email
By: Morgan Lentes, Erika Glover Email
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LETCHER Co., Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATED 11PM: 5-9-14

While no one wanted to comment on camera, folks we spoke with Friday evening said the bicycle accident has shaken their tight-knit community.

At Nina & Son's Café in Jenkins a poster hangs in the window for Trent Carty. Signatures from friends and peers cover the banner. Just another sign, folks said, of how much he is missed.

An eight-year-old whom this community remembered, at the high school, with a candlelight vigil in his honor Friday evening.

There is another visitation Saturday, May 10 after 3:00 PM at Jenkins High School.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 12 at 1:00 PM at Jenkins High School.

Entombment will follow at Temple Hill Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Castlewood, Virginia.
UPDATED 6PM: 5-8-14

A community is trying to understand why.

On Wednesday, we told you about an 8-year-old boy who died following a bicycle accident in Jenkins. On Thursday, we learned more about third grader Trent Carty.

"A freak accident".

As far as Jenkins Police Chief James Stephens can tell, that is the only explanation for why Trent Carty is dead after wrecking his bike Wednesday night.

"the young man was doing the same thing that we all have done all our lives. This is just one of those things. The only one that has the answer is God and I do not think he is going to fill us in anytime soon," said Stephens.

Chief Stephens tells WYMT he visits the city schools often and Trent always greeted him with a high five.

"I always say that I walk through the schools because I am selfish. When I feel like I am about at the end of the rope, I defy anybody to go to those schools and not smile. He was one of those kids that would make you smile like that," said Stephens.

Trent was a third grade student at Jenkins Elementary School. Students and staff did not wish to talk on camera about the situation, but Principal Stacy Collier released a statement about Trent.

"Trent was an amazing young man with a bright and memorable smile. Trent is loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew him," said Collier.

Stephens added that living in a small town will help Trent's loved ones cope.

"Jenkins is a pretty close knit community. Everybody knows everybody else. The kids at the schools are all real close," said Stephens.

Friday night at 8:30 community members will gather for a candlelight vigil in honor of Trent. That will take place at the high school.

UPDATE 5/8/14 @ 11:40

Schools officials tell us the child who died late Wednesday night in a bicycle accident is Trent Carty.

They say the third grader "was an amazing young man with a bright memorable smile."

Anyone who wishes to drop off flowers or balloons at the school in memory of Trent is more than welcome to.


The Letcher County Coroner tells us an 8 year old boy died Wednesday night following a bicycle accident in Jenkins.

He tells us the accident happened around 8 p.m.

Officers say it happened on Williams Street in the Muddtown Area of Jenkins.

The boy was taken to the Whitesburg ARH and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police tell us they are not sure if the boy was wearing a helmet.

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