TBI investigating death of Polk County teen
Investigators said Kelby Fritts was at an event in the Ocoee area early Monday when she began having medical issues.
The TBI is looking into the death of a Polk County teenager.
Investigators said she was at an event in the Ocoee area early Monday when she began having medical issues.
Kelby Fritts made a big impact in Polk County during her short life.
She was salutatorian at Polk County High School and was supposed to start college soon. Family and friends are leaning on each other as they remember the girl who made everyone smile.
"You could never be around Kelby and not know that she was there because she just touched so many people with her personality,” Coach Caleb Hindman of Polk County High School said.
A hole has now been left in the hearts of the Polk County community.
The TBI is looking into what caused the 18-year-old to start having medical issues at an event in the Ocoee area, and later die at the hospital early Monday.
Her former basketball coach, Caleb Hindman, visited her family Wednesday night.
"It was hard. It was tough, but i think it was good for me. I think it was good for her family,” Coach Hindman said.
Coach Hindman called Fritts a leader on and off the court.
Her name is still in the school gym with the rest of her teammates from her senior year. They also posted her last name and jersey number on the front of the locker room as a way to always remember Fritts.
"That's the key. We're together. We come together. We help people out. There's a lot of people that are devastated about this and most of it has to do with why,” Principal Ronnie German said.
Principal German said it's been a sad start to the school year. They've had extra counselors on campus to help students and teachers who are coping with her loss.
In light of that, Fritts' personality continues to shine through as the community starts to heal.
"She made everybody feel loved. She made everybody feel welcome. She hugged on everybody. She made everybody smile. That's what she'll always be to me,” Coach Hindman said.
Fritts was also a raft guide for Quest Expeditions.
Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.
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