WTXF/AP - Just a few days ago the students who quietly filled the bleachers at Central Bucks High School’s War Memorial Field would never have predicted that they would be at this stadium for this reason- to say goodbye to one of their own.
Freshman quarterback Steven Kim, a 14-year-old 9th grader at Lenape Middle School, is gone, killed Saturday night when struck by a car while skateboarding. Those who knew him best know they are greatly diminished by the loss of a great athlete and an even better person.
“It hurts that one of our best is gone, and that we couldn’t continue our brotherhood into the rest of our lives.”
“I know he’s in a better place now, and he will look down on us and be cheering for us every night on this very field.”
A makeshift memorial marks the scene of the accident, Turk Road and South Easton, where Steven’s friends came to praise his good-hearted nature.
“It’s really sad that all of all the people to lose, we lost one of the best of them.”
Kim’s family came to the memorial service to accept the condolences of the grieving community. Kim’s sister Natalie sobbed as she addressed the crowd.
“He was a great football player, he was great kid, and he was a great person, possibly the best person I’ve ever met in my entire life.”
Each eulogy recalled Steven’s ever-present smile, his way of making everyone around him feel just a little bit better about themselves and their day. The message to those who now go on without him?
“It’s that we unite, and that we love each other and show every day the appreciation, because we don’t know if we have tomorrow.”
Kim's family has launched a Gofundme campaign in his memory.