by Terry Rogers
Charles Everett Shockley, 16, who was a student at Milford High School was struck while riding his bicycle with his dog on Monday, December 3. Shockley was struck by a 29-year old Seaford man who performed CPR on him while awaiting the arrival of emergency responders. He was initially transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital before being flown to Christiana Hospital for more extensive treatment. He died of his injuries on Thursday, December 6.
“Mrs. Lynch, our adviser, has been in contact with the family,” Evan Lang, Student Government President at Milford High School said. “We are hoping to have a card given to the family that is signed by the Student Government and the advisers but we don’t know what else we will do for his family at this terrible time.”
Many local residents have shared there shared memories of Shockley across social media platforms.
“Although Charles lived miles away, he still managed to check up on me every now and then,” Jayle Whitaker posted in a Facebook prayer group. “Even if we didn’t talk every day, it was always good to catch up. I’m going to miss Charles. I am sending love up to heaven and hugs to those who were close to him.”
Counselors will be available for students who need to talk about Charles’ loss. On Saturday, a memorial service was held at Shockley’s church, led by Youth Minister Cliff McCall who was a mentor and friend.
“This week was a tough one,” McCall said. “A young man’s life was ended abruptly and, in a way, that seems senseless. I watched my precious students grieve, cry and question those seemingly senseless circumstances all while fearing that this tragedy would leave them jaded, broken and without hope. Tonight, I witnessed those same teens encourage one another, lead each other in song and shared with each other things that sat deep in their hearts, all while respectfully honoring their fallen friend. They spoke eloquently, prayed fervently and accepted what they could not control. They lovingly cared for each other and gracefully said goodbye. Rest in peace, Charles. Your death has reminded us all of some valuable lessons. But tonight, you reminded me of two very important things. God is Good and the Kids are Alright. We will miss you, buddy.”
Charges have not been filed in the accident. Shockley was wearing dark clothing and his bicycle had no light. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. His dog was uninjured in the accident and returned home shortly after the collision. At this time there is no information on when services will be held for Shockley.
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