By LARRY VAUGHT
As a proud grandfather of three adorable boys and one gorgeous girl, my heart still breaks for the family of 4-year-old Marco Lee Shemwell.
He was hit by a car driven by an 18-year-old UK freshman as he walked on Cooper Drive after leaving Kroger Field Saturday with family members after watching the UK-Murray State football game. He passed away Monday afternoon at UK Children’s Hospital.
On Saturday, a 4-year-old child was waiting to cross Cooper Drive outside of Kroger Field in Lexington when he was struck by a car.
I’ve walked in that same area with my youngest grandson after a UK football game. In fact, we did so last year.
After every UK home football game, I drive on Cooper Drive as I leave to return home to Danville. I come in on Cooper Drive to get to where I park for games and always see fans of all ages walking to and from the games.
As big as the UK-Mississippi State game is this Saturday night for the Wildcats, it’s still just hard to think about football when I try to comprehend the pain the Shemwell family feels and wonder how they’ll cope with his tragic event. The grandfather in me just can’t imagine having one of my four gifts snatched away when they are between the ages of 6 and 9. To think of one being gone at age 4 is just not something I can fathom.
I’ve called all four of my grandchildren each of the last two nights just to hear their voices and via Skype to see those loving, smiling faces.
It was no surprise to meet that UK coach Mark Stoops and athletics director Mitch Barnhart both expressed their remorse on Twitter.