Students at Grace Christian Academy still coping with death

Students at Grace Christian Academy still coping with death of Will McKamey

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Renowned Christian speaker Tony Nolan talked to the students trying to help them understand and move forward. Renowned Christian speaker Tony Nolan talked to the students trying to help them understand and move forward.
Students gathered Thursday at Grace Baptist Church for a message of healing from Nolan. Students gathered Thursday at Grace Baptist Church for a message of healing from Nolan.

By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Students and staff at Grace Christian Academy are still trying to cope with the death of Will McKamey.

The 19-year-old Knoxville native collapsed on the football field during spring practice at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland Saturday.

McKamey died Tuesday in a Baltimore hospital.

McKamey was a student at Grace Christian Academy before graduating and going to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Renowned Christian speaker Tony Nolan talked to the students Thursday, trying to help them understand and move forward.

Nolan was scheduled to meet with them earlier this year but was delayed until this week. Staff members say the timing could not have been more appropriate.

"The loss of Will McKamey has really just shook our community here at Grace, and the timing that God allowed this to happen this week was just nothing but perfect for these students to be able to just spend some time really focusing on him and the brokenness that comes with losing a loved one," said Student Pastor Bobby Thompson.

"It shakes us. It shakes us to the core," said Nolan.

They gathered Thursday at Grace Baptist Church for a message of healing from Nolan.

"When we are face to face with the reality of how powerless we are, how poor we are as human beings, that we have to face death, what do we do? Well we do what Isaiah did. Isaiah, he sought God," said Nolan.

Clinging to each other and their faith is what they say will help them through.

"People grieve in different ways, and there's going to be students that are able to get over it quicker than others, so just being able to walk with each other and continue to help talk to each other and build relationships," said Thompson.

Nolan's message to them was clear.

"One day everything is going to shift, and he has conquered death, Hell, and the grave," he said.

Nolan is going to be with the academy and church for the rest of the week. He will be speaking at the church's normal Sunday morning services.

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