Wyandotte community mourns loss of 18-year-old Roosevelt grad who died in car crash – Reuters

Amanda Kish’s friends and family are in a state of disbelief after the teenager died alive in a car accident this weekend while returning home to Wyandotte from Central Michigan University.

“Amanda Grace, my mother’s rainbow baby, gave us so much love, showed immense bravery and taught us more about life than any of us ever could. never imagined before,” his brother, Joshua Kish, said on a GoFundMe page seeking donations to help pay for funeral and medical expenses.

“Graduating in June 2022 from Theodore Roosevelt High School, being only 18 years old, entering her freshman year of college, and standing just 5 feet tall, Amanda’s stature truly measured 10 feet. She proudly represented the city of Wyandotte as a cheerleader from age 4 to 18, eventually leading her team to the highest scores in Roosevelt history.

According to Joshua Kish, the accident happened on October 21, when his sister started her journey from Mt. Pleasant to their home in Wyandotte. At approximately 11:30 a.m., her vehicle was struck from behind, causing her to lose control and push her across the median into oncoming traffic. He said she was airlifted to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, where she fought for her life for about 36 hours. She passed away on Saturday October 22, 2022.

The news of Amanda Kish’s death hit her friends hard, and perhaps no one took the news harder than Samantha King, her best friend since kindergarten who held a candlelight vigil Monday night in Bishop. Park in Wyandotte.

King and a large group of supporters met holding red balloons and candles to remember a life taken from them far too soon.

Amanda Kish is remembered as a devoted Wyandotte bear. She was a cheerleader from the age of 4, when she cheered on the Wyandotte Indians, and continued to cheer throughout her high school years. (Photo courtesy of the Kish family)

Amanda’s older sister, Samantha Kish, called Amanda a light in everyone’s life, whether you’ve known her all her life or just met her.

“The impact she left on everyone’s life will never be forgotten or fade,” she said. “My sister has always been the most confident, outspoken, caring and fearless person I have ever known.”

While it would be a natural assumption for people who know the family to believe that Samantha Kish taught her sister to be like her, to emulate her personality. But it wasn’t like that, at least according to her older sister. In reality, it was Samantha who learned a lot from Amanda, since she was born.

“She taught me to be fearless and confident,” said Samantha Kish. “She taught me to stand up for myself and never let anyone take advantage of our kindness and caring. We have shared a room all our lives, despite being 6 years apart. The age gap has always surprised everyone, because no matter how far apart we were, we were always the tightest team: me, my brother and my little sister.

Born on May 3, 2004, Amanda grew up with her siblings in “a little home overflowing with love and trust”. They saw each other as a team, and even though they think they’ve lost their most important member, Samantha Kish said they will continue to be a team of four.

“Our hearts will be forever broken and we will never mend,” she said. “However, we will continue to try to live each day as Amanda Grace would have wanted: with confidence, fearlessness and kindness.”

Amanda Kish graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte earlier this year.  (Photo courtesy of the Kish family)
Amanda Kish graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of the Kish family)

On October 17, Elissa Cumiskey, a teacher at Roosevelt High School who had Amanda Kish as a student, posted on Facebook about the grieving process and how it was something she taught her children.

Just a week later, she never imagined it was something she would be teaching her students after the news of Amanda Kish’s death.

“The classroom was different today…with lots of tears over the sudden and tragic loss of a friend,” Cumiskey said Monday. “A life gone way too soon. My heart breaks for these young children and the loss they are experiencing. May they find peace in the grieving process ahead of them.

On his GoFundMe page, Joshua Kish thanked everyone who reached out in any way to offer love and support to his family during this most difficult time.

“My mom, Frannie Kish, won’t be able to work for how long we don’t know,” he said in the GoFundMe post. “This unbearable grief is something we will never fully overcome, but without life insurance, to fund our Amanda Grace’s funeral costs, medical costs and our overall survival expenses as we live day to day, we ask for your outpouring of prayers, love and generosity to continue.

Besides her mother, Frances Kish, and her siblings Samantha and Joshua Kish, she is survived by her grandmother, Rebecca Collins. She also leaves to mourn several aunts, uncles, cousins ​​and friends. She was predeceased by her grandfather, Steve Collins.

Molnar Funeral Homes – The Nixon Chapel in Wyandotte is handling funeral arrangements, which have not yet been finalized.

Amanda Grace Kish
Amanda Grace Kish (Photo courtesy of GoFundMe)

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