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Bethune-Cookman mourns the loss of freshman football player

September 15, 2004

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bethune-Cookman College football player, Kovensky Pierre was killed in a tragic car accident as he returned to campus on Tuesday, September 14, 2004.

Pierre along with high school teammate Willie Jackson was headed to Daytona Beach from Tallahassee. The accident occurred midday on Interstate 10/295 in Jacksonville. Pierre was pronounced dead at the scene, while Jackson was taken to Shands Hospital, were he is listed in critical condition.

Pierre, a Delray Beach native was expected to report to back to school on Monday, September 13, but informed the Bethune-Cookman football coaching staff that he was having car trouble, and would return Tuesday. After not hearing from him by Tuesday evening, the football coaches called his mother Anne Marie Pierre, and she informed them of the accident.

Jackson, a freshman also from Delray Beach, was set to sit out his freshman season at Bethune-Cookman as a Prop 48 recruit.

Bethune-Cookman coaches were shocked and disarrayed after hearing the news. “It’s like someone dropped a ton of bricks on my head,” said head coach Alvin Wyatt. “The entire coaching staff is disheartened and confused about this tragic accident. I am finding it difficult to comprehend.”

Pierre, a freshman offensive lineman was slated to redshirt the 2004 football season, but had already made an impact on the team and coaching staff.

“He was a great student and we expected him to be one of our role models,” said Coach Wyatt. “He was one of our future stars on the offensive line, a big athlete with great speed, who was always willing to go that one step beyond.”

Members of the Bethune-Cookman athletics department and local ministers will conduct a prayer session with the entire football team Thursday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. on campus.

“We are in a state of shock,” said athletic director Lynn Thompson. “But we are also in a posture of prayer for this young man, his family and the entire Wildcat family. Once a Wildcat always a Wildcat.”

The Student Government Association plans to memorialize their classmate early next week. Funeral arrangements are not known at this time.


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