Community grieves death of Little River-Academy teen


A Little River-Academy 8th grader is dead after an ATV accident on September 14th.

Aiden Martin died from his injuries Tuesday night at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple.

Now, the entire community is grieving along with the boy’s family.

“I actually heard about it from my daughter and then being a small town it kind of travels around, you know you hear about stuff like that,” said Amy Chase, Academy resident.

Amy Chase didn’t know Aiden, but she has two children of her own at Academy ISD. She was moved to help in any way she could.

“I can’t imagine being in a position like that and then have to worry about the financial burden of it, I mean that’s the last thing that they should have to worry about, they should be able to focus on being able to mourn and grief the loss of him,” said Chase.

She created the Aiden Martin Benefit Facebook Page and is planning several fundraising events.

“I mean that’s something I’d want somebody to do if it were my family,” said Chase.

Aiden received a brain injury after his ATV flipped on top of him on Friday.

“I just kind of heard from friends what was going on and praying for him, we lost our own son six months ago so we know the pain,” said Amy Rognlie, Little River resident.

Amy Rognlie knows all to well the pain of losing a son.

“Lean heavily into the Lord and let others around you comfort you, take time to grieve, take one day at a time and uh, it’s a journey but you will make it,” said Rognlie.

The entire community is grieving, a statement to FOX 44 from Academy ISD Superintendent Kevin Sprinkles says “Academy ISD is deeply saddened to lear that our 8th grade student passed away on September 18th, 2018, after suffering injuries related to an ATV accident. The district’s prayers and sincere condolences go out to his family. 

The district is concerned about the emotional impact of this situation on the many students who knew and loved him. In response to this tragedy, we plan to have counselors and trained professionals available to respond to the needs of our students, families, and staff beginning Wednesday, the 19th, and throughout the week, as needed. In the meantime we encourage parents to talk with their children about their feelings to help them work through their grief and emotions. 

As we move forward during this grief, please keep your thoughts and prayers with the families impacted by this tragedy.” 

“It’s just a loss like no other, I’m sure,” added Chase.

The family is collecting donations through the 1st United Bank in Temple. 

The benefit will be held Sunday, October 7th at the Venue at Lilly Pond at 4857 Lower Troy Rd in Temple from 2pm-8pm. Learn more information HERE.

T-Shirts are also being sold to help with hospital and funeral costs. Those can be purchased HERE.

Community members can also help the family by donating to a Meal Train.

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