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Sad news from Newton South

2012 May 28
by Gail Spector

I’m very sad to report that Luke Voss-Kernan, a 2010 graduate of Newton South, died Friday in an accident while he was traveling out west with friends. He fell while climbing a structure, while on a road trip to California.

I only knew Luke as a soccer player — my son played on the Newton South boys’ soccer team,  among others with Luke — but my heart is aching for Luke’s family and for all his friends  who must be reeling from the shock and the loss.

According to an email from South Principal Joel Stembridge, arrangements have not been made yet.  The email follows:

With huge sadness and a heavy heart we want to let the Newton South community know that Luke Voss-Kernan, a 2010 NSHS graduate, great friend to many – and a charismatic young man – died on Friday as a result of an accident as he climbed a structure with two friends.

Luke’s family wants me to share with you that this was not a car accident, and it was not anyone’s fault. ….He was on a dream road trip to California having the time of his life when it was tragically cut short by this accident. Luke’s family, who include two NPS students (one at Mason Rice and one at South), cannot yet make any arrangements. When more information about arrangements or next steps is known we will follow up.

We will have counselors available throughout the school day tomorrow (Tuesday) should students need support.  Please contact your guidance counselor or housemaster if you are concerned that your child may need additional support during this difficult time.


7 Responses Post a comment
  1. The Beckers permalink
    May 28, 2012 06:23 PM

    We are very sorry for the Luke’s family and offer prayers and support during this time of grief.

  2. Tom Sheff permalink
    May 28, 2012 07:50 PM

    I want to echo the Beckers sentiments. No parents should have to bury their children.

  3. Lisap permalink
    May 28, 2012 09:25 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers to the Voss-Kernan family during this time of unspeakable grief. They are a lovely family and we are so terribly sorry for their suffering.

  4. John Huth permalink
    May 29, 2012 09:47 AM

    It is so tragic to see a life full of promise cut short like this. I haven’t stopped thinking about Luke’s family since I heard the news. Words seem inadequate in the face of this tragedy.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and close friends.

  5. Susan Thompson permalink
    May 29, 2012 01:23 PM

    Our son, Jackson Elliott, played soccer with Luke for many years. He was a wonderful guy and just a treasure. Our hearts go out to the whole community but especially his family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
    -Susan, Steve, Jackson and Skye

  6. Michelle Fuller permalink
    May 30, 2012 07:19 PM

    I was so very sad to hear about this tragedy today. All our love to the Voss-Kernan family during this terrible time. I remember many soccer games that my son Brandon and Luke played in together . He was smiling so often, such a happy guy. Know that you raised a wonderful boy. We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers and strength to you all.

  7. Marilyn Chown permalink
    June 1, 2012 08:08 PM

    God Bless the Voss-Kernan family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    God give you strength.

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