Kenny Offiaeli's Walk to Nevers 3/19/10



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The Walk

Posted by alex on March 1, 2010 at 7:29 PM Comments comments (0)

     On March 19, 2010, the SWHS freshmen class will be walking to Nevers Park. On Friday the 19th, we are asking people to stay after school inside the lobby, for around 15-20 minutes, and then to depart for Nevers. At Nevers, you can hang with friends, enjoy snacks, and watch a slide show, as we remember our good friend Kenny Offiaeli, for it will be the one year mark since the tragic incident where we lost our good pal.

      We are currently accepting food donations, and already have a generous pizza donor. In addition, we are working on presenting a small slide show on the side of the gazebo showing clips of Kenny. If you have anyway of helping provide food or pictures that would greatly be appreciated. You can contact Mike Kirby-Mcgann(food) or Alex Loukellis(pictures) if you have such items or any new ideas. If you are unable to attend this event it is completely understandable, but be sure to inform as many people as possible about this as we want the best turn out we can get. Remember to wear your red Kenny Shirts on Friday, March 19, and we hope you will join us on the walk!


Posted by alex on March 1, 2010 at 7:26 PM Comments comments (0)

         Kenneth Chukwuemeka "Kenny" Offiaeli Jr., 13, an eighth grade student at Timothy Edwards Middle School, South Windsor, died suddenly on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at an ANU Generation AAU Basketball practice session in Windsor.

         Born in Bristol on April 28, 1995, son of Kenneth Chukwuemeka Offiaeli Sr., and Rita (Uyanwne) Offiaeli of South Windsor, he had lived in Bristol before moving to South Windsor. He was a parishioner of St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, and played basketball on the team at Timothy Edwards as well as with the travel basketball team sponsored by the town of South Windsor, Recreation Department. He also played soccer and was in the band where he played the saxophone.

        In addition to his parents, he leaves three sisters, Maxine, Kendra, and Chelsea; his grandmothers, Cecilia Offiaeli and Agnes Uyanwne, both of South Windsor; aunts, Ifeoma Nwankwo, Frances Uyanwne, both of South Windsor, and Miriam Uyanwne of Newington; and several cousins and friends.



Posted by alex on March 1, 2010 at 7:21 PM Comments comments (0)

•Middle School Mourns Loss Of 8th-Grader

8th-Grader Collapses, Dies At B-Ball Game

Counselors On Hand At School To Offer Support

POSTED: 12:33 pm EDT March 20, 2009

UPDATED: 1:07 am EDT March 21, 2009

. -- Police said a South Windsor student died Thursday night while playing in a basketball game.

Eighth-grader Kenny Offiaeli, a student at Timothy Edwards Middle School, was playing in the basketball game at Sage Park Middle School in Windsor when he collapsed just before 6:30 p.m.

Police said the 13-year-old collapsed due to a seizure. They said that when officers arrived, the teen was on the gym floor with no pulse.

Officers began CPR and used a defibrillator on Kenny, police said. He was transported to a nearby hospital, they said, where he was pronounced dead.

A crisis team of counselors, administrators and social workers met at the school at 5 a.m. to put a support system in place for students. As soon as eighth graders got off their buses, they were ushered into the cafeteria and told that Kenny had passed away.

Alani Bagcall said she had just seen Kenny during band class Thursday.

"The whole day we practically did nothing, just hung out and made posters for Kenny," Bagcall said.

Even teachers had tears in their eyes, students said.

Kenny's friends said he loved basketball. In his fifth-grade yearbook, he wrote that his goal was to be the next Michael Jordan.

Those who knew Kenny said he was a special person, always smiling and saying hi to nearly everyone in the hallway.

Lia Verdi said she'd known him since kindergarten. She said she's stunned by his death.

"He was a really, really nice person," she said. "He made you feel good about yourself."

South Windsor police said an autopsy was scheduled for Saturday to determine a cause of death.

       -Eye Witness News 3