CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Central High School principal Joe Williams announced a 2020 graduate died after a boating accident.
Williams said 18-year-old Drew Adams died from injuries he suffered in Wisconsin.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, crews were called out to Lake Alice for reports of a boater missing from a capsized canoe around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Multiple departments responded. Crews found Adams around 8:30 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials are expected to release more information regarding Adams’ death on Sunday.
A crisis team with district social workers and psychologists will be available to virtually meet with students and staff who have been affected by Adams’ death. An email will be sent out to families with times and links for Zoom meetings. The school will also discuss availability for in-person support in the future.
Additionally, Williams said the school is working closely with Adams’ family’s church, Faith United Methodist.
“Drew always put others first,” says church Rev. Sheryl Palmer. “Not only did he do that in church, he did that…in his life. And that was especially apparent with his family.”
“Not only was he a great athlete, he was a great person [and] great student,” says Champaign Central football coach Tim Turner. “The graduating class has lost so much already over the last few months. To add this to it, it’s certainly tough. We’re hurting in the maroon nation.”