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Ceremony to honor life of 8-year-old girl

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By John D. Harden / Staff Writer

City of Krugerville to dedicate park bench in memory of Kaylee Kampschroeder

KRUGERVILLE — The city will celebrate the life of Kaylee Kampschroeder during a ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Krugerville Park, located in the 800 block of Sherry Lane. 

Kaylee, 8, died in July after she fell from her bicycle, landed on the handle bars and suffered internal injuries.

Saturday’s ceremony will feature the dedication of a park bench in Kaylee’s memory. Audrey Shipley, a Krugerville Community Development Corporation member, said she’s amazed at the amount of support generated for Saturday’s event.

“Our small community is full of great people, and the park bench idea was born from wanting to do something to honor Kaylee,” she said. “It really is quite extraordinary how many different people that one young little 8-year-old touched.”

Shipley said the bench will read, “Dedicated on 09/14/2013 In Loving Memory of Kaylee Kampschroeder.”

She said that someone also donated a tree to be planted in the park in the girl’s honor.

“It will be great to see people gather to honor and pay their respect to one of our own,” Shipley said.

The news of Kaylee’s death shocked the community, and many residents showed her family support by placing pink ribbons on their homes and by wearing pink ribbons to work and school.

Pink was Kaylee’s favorite color, teachers and friends said. 

Saturday’s celebration will be hosted by the city of Krugerville and close friends of the Kampschroeder family, organizer Shanna Eggleston said.

Attendees are encouraged to share their favorite Kaylee stories and to wear pink. 

Organizers also say that they will have a few activities scheduled for Kaylee’s friends and family. 

The accident occurred July 27 at Northwest Community Park in Frisco. Medical personnel were summoned to the park after Kaylee’s father, Kerry Kampschroeder, called for help when his daughter complained of stomach pains, according to a Frisco police report. She was then transported to a Dallas hospital, where she died a short time later.

Family friend Scott Hite described the 8-year-old as a caring girl with a big heart. 

“Kaylee liked to ride her bike with her friends and family,” he said. “She often rode or hiked with her father on local bike trails.” 

Just days before her death, Hite said, she texted him to tell his daughter good luck in her track meet. 

“Kaylee was a very caring and sensitive little girl. She was very thoughtful of others,” he said. 

Teachers at Kaylee’s school, Brockett Elementary in Aubrey, have discussed plans to set up a memorial in her honor. Principal Connie Lott said the school would establish a butterfly garden in the school’s outdoor classroom in her honor. 

Lott said Kaylee was an excellent student and a friend to everyone. 

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.