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July 15, 2013

Prayer vigil scheduled

Friends, family of Ingham set to gather Wednesday

Athens — A communitywide prayer meeting/vigil has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Athens High School flagpole to honor the life of 2013 graduate Kody Ingham.

Ingham, 18, was found dead Sunday morning. An official at the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department said Monday no foul play is suspected, but that the investigation is ongoing pending the outcome of an autopsy.

The inquest was performed by Precinct 3 Justice of Peace Sue Starnes.

Funeral services are pending. However, no service time had been set as of press time Monday.

A counselor will be at Athens High School throughout the week for any students or adults who may need to talk, according to Athens High School Principal Jami Ivey. Counselors and teachers were also on hand at the school Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday’s vigil will happen at the same site where around 400 people — many of which were Athens High School students or recent graduates — gathered for a candlelight service Sunday night. Students signed posters and laid out candles in the shape of the number two — Ingham’s sports jersey number.

Ingham was popular among the Athens High School student body, known for his contagious smile, good looks and long, shoulder-length curly hair. He was one of the captains of the Athens Hornets football team this past season and also a member of the varsity boys soccer team.

“The kids are really struggling, as well as the staff,” Ivey told the Review Monday. “Kody was a very respectful kid and he was an awesome kid. I can’t tell you a time that he came to this school when he wasn’t happy.

“It was such a shock because he is an awesome kid. We are still in shock. This was not something that was expected at all.”

A memorial fund has been set up through First State Bank of Athens under the name "Kody Ingham Memorial Fund." Contributions can be given at any First State Bank branch, which has two locations in Athens (130 East Corsicana Street and 1114 East Tyler Street); Gun Barrel City (118 West Main Street); Mabank (201 South Third Street); and Malakoff (102 West Royall Blvd.). The phone number to the main branch in downtown Athens is 903-676-1900.

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