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Family, classmates remember Kainen Boring

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PIKEVILLE, BLEDSOE COUNTY (WRCB) – Heavy hearts in Bledsoe County today for a high school football player.

Kainen Boring collapsed during practice and never woke up.    

Over the weekend, his family decided to take him off life support, and donate his organs to help others.  

Tuesday, family, friends and classmates celebrated the life of Kainen at a funeral services held in the school gymnasium.

"We're a small community, but we're a close knit community," said Philip Cagle, "when one hurts, we all hurt."

You needn't look far to see Bledsoe County is hurt over Kainen Boring. It can be seen on the marquees at nearby churches, insurance agents and his uncle's law office.

The hurt can also be seen in the eyes of his classmates and the stances of his teammates, who stood shoulder to shoulder in the gym Tuesday too welcome their warrior home.

"One who serves with dignity, works with pride, fights with honor and dies with God," read Coach Jason Reil from the podium, "that was Kainen."

Some of the greatest tributes came merely by presence.

Those in the crowd wore tomahawk ribbons with Kainen's number on them, sold by Marion County boosters at last Friday's game. The proceeds to Kainen's Family.

Then there were the Taft High Tigers, Ten standing as one.

"We all go out there and put our hearts out," said Senior Delson McKinley,"and it's a tragedy for something like this to happen to someone so young."

To know Kainen, his coach says, was to see determination to the point of stubborn. He remembers Kainen kicking in shorts and a T-shirt during winter's worst.

"He said my shirt was froze to me because it was cold, but I was kicking good," said Coach Reil.

His Pastor also tells of Kainen the cut-up, but also committed to Christ

"Kainen was on the visiting team when he was here, but now he's on the home side," said Brother Robert Pickett of Cold Spring Baptist Church.

By now, all of Bledsoe County realizes Kainen's ultimate gift. His family's decision to donate his organs. A legacy that longtime friend Philip Cagle says hits home with young, old, all.

"There had to be some rejoicing because of a child that got a new heart," said Cagle, "he'll never die as long as his heart beats, as long as his eyes see."

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