West Ashley coach remembers high school athlete fatally shot early Thanksgiving morning

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston County Coroner’s Office identified a juvenile who was found dead from a gunshot wound early Thanksgiving morning.

Police responded to the Palmilla Apartments on Ashley River Road early Thursday after receiving reports of a deceased juvenile.

The 15-year-old male, later identified as Mikell McKelvey, died at the scene after suffering a gunshot wound.

McKelvey was a sophomore RB at West Ashley High School. The team announced the sad news of McKelvey’s passing on Twitter, saying “West Ashley has lost one of our beloved brothers.”

“He was a good student, an A/B student, a good kid, worked tremendously hard,” said West Ashley High School football coach, Donnie Kiefer.

Coach Keifer said the news was a shock to everybody. “I think it’s a little bit too soon to even process it,” he said. “Coming back the first day, I think it’s just something – it’s gonna take away to become reality.”

The high school football coach said he was looking forward to seeing McKelvey improve his skills even more during next year’s season.

“We’re just going to miss him. He’s an outstanding player. We were looking for big things from him in the coming season; very good player, like I said, he’ll be hard to replace. He really will.”

The Charleston Police Department is investigating the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 843-743-7200.

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