KRUGERVILLE — The death of Kaylee Kampschroeder last weekend has left the communities where she grew up shaken by the loss of a girl who valued friendship and kindness, according to those who knew her.
Some Krugerville and Aubrey residents said the nature of the accident that killed the 8-year-old Aubrey student was the most shocking.
The accident occurred July 27 at Northwest Community Park in Frisco. Medics arrived at the park after Kaylee’s father, Kerry Kampschroeder, called for help when his daughter complained of stomach pains, according to a Frisco police report.
Kaylee and her father had been riding their bikes when she fell onto the handlebars of her bicycle, according to the report.
Kampschroeder carried his daughter to the park entrance to get someone to call for help because he didn’t have his cellphone, according to the report.
Kaylee was pronounced dead at a Dallas hospital just as CareFlite arrived.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office said the fall caused lacerations to the girl’s liver, which led to her death.
Kaylee leaves behind her father; her mother, Michelle; sister, Keslyn, and brother, Kade.
Pink ribbons in her memory are tied on posts, trees and fences near her school in Aubrey. Many Facebook users who knew her changed their profile photos to images of pink ribbons.
Pink was Kaylee’s favorite color, said Debby Sanders, the Aubrey school district’s interim superintendent.
“Anytime you have a death at a school, it is a very difficult time for the students and staff,” Sanders said. “They connect emotionally to each other. By the grace of God, we will be comforted and shown the way to peace.”
Kaylee was a bright young lady with a smile and a hug for everyone, said Connie Lott, principal at Brockett Elementary School.
Lott said Kaylee was an excellent student as well as a friend to all she met.
“We adorned the school with pink bows in her memory and will be implementing a butterfly garden in our outdoor classroom in her honor,” Lott said. “The area for the butterflies will be called Kaylee’s Corner. In the corner, currently, is a plant that Kaylee and her father planted when we first put the outdoor classroom into place.”
She was a model student and received the annual Principal’s Award this past year for her class.
“Brockett Elementary will miss her, her smiles, her hugs and her love for learning,” Lott said.
Her funeral was conducted Wednesday, the day after her family and friends held a nighttime bike ride vigil in her honor.
A “love offering” fund was created by family friend Scott Hite and Team Sola Fide, a cycling club in which the Kampschroeders are members.
“We are good friends with the Kampschroeders and were fortunate enough to know Kaylee,” Hite said.
Hite created the fund on gofundme.com with a goal of $1,000 for the family to put to use in Kaylee’s honor. By Saturday, 80 people had donated to the fund, quadrupling the goal.
Hite said he first met the Kampschroeders while attending Denton Bible Church about 13 years ago.
“Our families have children of similar ages and we shared an interest in cycling as well as our Christian faith,” he said. “Since our families occasionally participated in mountain bike events such as races and organized rides, we formed a group of like-minded cyclists. We called the group Team Sola Fide, which means ‘by faith alone.’”
Hite said the group is not focused on competition but instead represents a family of Christian cyclists.
“Kaylee liked to ride her bike with her friends and family. She often rode or hiked with her father on local bike trails,” he said.
Hite described Kaylee as a young girl who “did not want to be mean to anyone.” In fact, he said, she had to learn “it was OK to not share the ball with the other team during a [basketball] game.”
“Kaylee was a very caring and sensitive little girl,” he said. “She was always thinking of others.”
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.