Friends, family of LaFollette teen receive support

Friends, family of LaFollette teen receive outpouring of support

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By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

LaFOLLETTE (WATE) - A teen hurt last month in an ATV accident in Campbell County has died from his injuries. Sixteen-year-old Trinity Henegar fell off an ATV and hit his head while riding near the intersection of General Carl "W" Stiner Highway and Brown Drive, in the vicinity of Doaks Creek Road.

Friends and family who had been praying for his recovery are mourning the loss.

Since the accident on August 13, community members have been showing their support with weekly prayer groups and signs up throughout the town.

Trinity's friends and family say the all the love is helping them heal.

Josh Lasley says he and Trinity Henegar were not just cousins, they were best friends who loved spending time outdoors.

"We were supposed to go on a hunting trip on my birthday in November, but yeah, he always tried to make everything better, tried to please everybody and was always real fun to have around," said Lasley.

Trinity passed away Sunday evening at UT Medical Center, where he had been since the accident.

Friends and family have gathered to celebrate his life.

"Talked about memories, talked about what all we did, we even did a few things Trinity would have. We've already planned on going on a big camping trip for him since that's what we always did," said Lasley.

Lasley says ever since Trinity's accident, the support has been overwhelming with thousands of people commenting on a "Prayers for Trinity Henegar" Facebook page. Many hand-written and painted messages have also been sent.

Several LaFollette stores have put up signs of support.

LaFollette IGA Assistant Manager George Hooks posted a sign after Trinity's accident and another one asking for prayers for the family after learning of his passing. Hooks is friends with the Henegars.

"We want the community to know we're behind them. It's a tragic event and it hit us hard too," said Hooks.

Trinity was in the Junior ROTC at Campbell County High School. Classmate Ethan Miller says Trinity will never be forgotten.

"He was funny, definitely had a personality. He chewed up everybody in class," said Miller.

Lasley says the prayers from across the country are helping the family heal.

"We fully understand that he's in a better place now and he would have rather been in a better place then suffer," said Lasley.

On the Facebook page there has been support from across the country for the Henegar family.

A prayer circle for students was held outside Campbell County High School.

No funeral arrangements have been made at this time.

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