Cameron Kerkhoff Death – Cameron “Cam” Kerkhoff ’24, a junior at La Salle High School who was on the rise academically died in a tragic car accident on Wednesday afternoon. He was 16 years old. Cameron Kerkhoff will be remembered as someone who put in a lot of effort and who managed to keep a smile on his face no matter what.
La Salle principal Aaron Marshall announced Cameron Kerfkoff’s death to the public shortly before a prayer service was held for the rising junior’s family at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the De La Salle chapel. “Please keep the Kerkhoff family in your prayers during this difficult time,” Marshall wrote. “Live Jesus in our hearts.”
The incident was also confirmed by Brian Meyer, who is the athletic director. No further information was mentioned. The details surrounding the accident were not stated. Meyer and head football coach Pat McLaughlin both learned the news late in the evening and were on their way to the school when they were informed of it. McLaughlin characterized Kerkhoff as a diligent worker who maintained a cheerful demeanor at all times.
Kerkhoff was a linebacker for the Lancers when he was a sophomore. He weighed 176 pounds and was 6 feet 2 inches tall. Two sacks and an interception were among the statistics he accumulated in his rookie year with the team.
“He did everything you asked him to do,” McLaughlin said. “It’s just hard to put into words right now. We’re trying to piece everything together and rally our kids, the community, and pray for Cam.”
The Lancers’ season kicks off on August 19 at Colerain, so the team has less than a month to prepare. The Lancers will get back to work on Monday after taking the week of the Fourth of July off.
“Our team is shook up,” McLaughlin said. “We’re just trying to figure it out. He’s a La Salle Lancer. He’s our brother. We’re all here for him and his family right now. When stuff like this happens, you want to be around the family, the team, and the kids.”