Tiger community is grief stricken only two weeks after graduation
Two weeks after Kemarion Lay walked across the stage to receive his high school diploma at Fayetteville High School, his family is planning his funeral and the community at-large is mourning with his family over this loss of this young man. Last Monday, a lawnmower he was driving turned over on him. He was airlifted to Nashville where hours later he was pronounced dead.
The Lincoln Country Sheriff’s Department reported that on Monday, May 24, 2021 at approximately 3:10 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies and investigators assisted Emergency Medical Services in reference to a lawnmower accident. The victim, Kemarion Lay, age 17, suffered severe traumatic injuries. Mr. Lay died in Vanderbilt in Nashville on Tuesday morning, May 25, 2021.
“Responding to such tragic incidences always has great impact on the first responders, especially when these tragedies involve children. It never gets any easier either dealing with such tragedy. Sometimes things happen that you just cannot rap your head around. This young man had just passed a milestone in his life by graduating and was just starting a new chapter in his life. I cannot imagine the pain that his family and friends must be going through. Some things that happen in our lives just cannot be explained,” stated Lincoln County Chief Deputy Joyce McConnell.
The Sheriff’s Department sends their sincere condolences to the family of Kemarion Lay.
Fayetteville Schools System Director Dr. Bill Hopkins said that although he is new to the school system he immediately wanted to connect to Mari as a student. “He always had a smile on his face and brought joy to a room. This community and school have had a lot of tragedy. Mari was so young and having just graduated from high school, he had a bright future ahead of him.”
Mari’s cousin Adrian Allen said Mari spent countless hours doing what he moved most - playing basketball, adding, that Mari’s death doesn’t seem real. Jancie Carr said Mari never gave his mother any problems; he never had drugs and wasn’t in gangs. Mari’s mother is a caretaker for the Carrs, who say the Lays are like family.
Face Book has been bombarded with hundreds of people expressing their heartfelt sympathy for this family and offering prayers on their behalf. Some of the comments include: “How heartbreaking. Praying. Asking God’s comfort for this family.” “What a tragedy! God bless his memory and comfort his family during this difficult time.” “Praying God holds his family close in His loving arms and comforts them as only He can.” “May his memory be a blessing.”
Carr set up a fund with the Bank of Lincoln to help cover the family’s funeral expenses. Donations may be made to the Memorial Account: Kemarion Lay at any of the bank branches or mailed to Bank of Lincoln County, 307 College Street, Fayetteville, TN 37334. “We are deeply saddened at the loss of Kemarion Lay. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time,” bank officials posted.