Who was Kadence Boykin?
Kadence “KK” Gage Boykin was a 13-year-old student at Kemp Junior High School in Texas. He was born on December 30, 2008, in Corsicana, Texas. He was a smart and talented athlete who loved basketball, music, classic cars, and shoes. He had a passion for power washing and was planning to start a business with his friend. He was loved by his family, friends, and teachers, and had a special bond with his brothers.
How did Kadence Boykin die?
Kadence Boykin died unexpectedly on October 9, 2022. The cause of his death has not been officially revealed, but there are some allegations that he was a victim of police brutality and racism. According to a lawsuit filed by his family, Boykin was stopped by a police officer while riding his bike on October 8, 2022. The officer allegedly used excessive force and choked Boykin, causing him to lose consciousness and suffer brain damage. The lawsuit also challenges the official cause of death given by the coroner, who determined that Boykin died of natural causes linked to complications of sickle cell trait.
How did the Kemp community react to Kadence Boykin’s death?
Kadence Boykin’s death was a shock and a tragedy for the Kemp community, which also lost a teacher and an alum in the same week. The district announced the news of Boykin’s death on October 9, 2022, and expressed its heartfelt regret and condolences to his family and friends. The district also offered counseling and support to the students and staff who needed it. On October 10, 2022, purple and white balloons were released in honor of Boykin at the Kemp High School stadium. His funeral service was held on October 16, 2022, at the Kemp High School auditorium, where his family, friends, and teachers shared their memories and tributes.