Kyle Honore, an incoming freshman on the Wingate University men's basketball team, died on Tuesday, the school confirmed on Twitter. He was 19.
According to NBC News, Honore died after being struck by a train near the entrance of the school's campus.
— Wingate Bulldogs (@WU_Bulldogs) August 17, 2022
Wingate is a small, private university located in Wingate, North Carolina, with additional campuses in Charlotte and Hendersonville. The school has 3,400 students enrolled across the three campuses and 185 full-time faculty. All 25 of its teams compete at the Division II level.
Police say Honore was hit by the train around 10:45 p.m., with police and firefighters responding to the scene, per NBC. Lifesaving efforts were reportedly administered to Honore, but he was pronounced dead en route to the hospital.
Honore's death reportedly remains under investigation.
Wingate University president Rhett Brown mourned Honore in a statement as classes began Thursday:
"It’s hard to reconcile the loss of Kyle Honore with the hopeful beginnings of a new academic year. To Kyle’s family, teammates and friends, we grieve your loss and we pray for your care and well-being during this difficult time. At moments like these, we are reminded that life is both precious and fleeting. We can and should honor Kyle’s memory by doing all we can to look out for, and care for, each other."
Honore announced his commitment to Wingate in March and was slated to join a men's basketball program that went 21-8 last season, finishing fourth in the South Atlantic Conference. He graduated from Potomac High School in Prince William County, Virginia.
On behalf of the Potomac HS community, we share our heartfelt condolences to the @PotomacBlue family, @CoachHonore & his family, @Classof2022Pshs and all who knew our amazing student athlete @therealkyle_11. Support & resources are available in counseling as we grieve together. pic.twitter.com/umAGW2wQyo
— PotomacPanthers (@PotomacPanther) August 17, 2022