TICONDEROGA -Death marred winter break at two area schools.
Riley Knight, a sixth grade student at Ticonderoga Middle School, and Tylor McGuinness, a senior at Crown Point Central School, died during the recess.
Knight, age 11, died Thursday, Feb. 24, at his home after a six-month battle with a brain tumor. He was the son of Domonic T. Knight and Ann M. Woods Knight of Ticonderoga.
Knight was active in sports, especially baseball. He also participated in band, chorus and drama.
"Riley was a fine young man who we will all miss," said John McDonald, Ticonderoga school superintendent. "He was good student, a hard worker and had lots of friends, His attitude and courage was an inspiration to all of us, and he truly had a impact on both his friends and teachers. Our thought and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."
The Ti Middle School Crisis Team met when classes resumed Feb. 28 and counselorswere available throughout the day for students and faculty.
Knight had been the focus of many fundraising events in the area the past several months.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Burlington, 16 South Winooski Ave, Burlington, Vt., 05401.
McGuinness, age 19, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, following a weightlifting accident on Tuesday, Feb. 22. He was the son of Scott McGuinness and Tammy DeLaire.
McGuinness was lifting weights alone at Achieve Fitness on Creek Road in Crown Point when he dropped a weight on his neck, according to state police. Police and emergency personnel were called at 4:15 p.m. when McGuinness was discovered unconscious.
Crown Point Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and transported McGuinness to Moses Ludington Hospital, in Ticonderoga. He was later transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington by North Country Life Flight.
McGuinness died the following day. Police have ruled the death an accident, although the investigation continues.
"He was a great kid," said Patti Wolf, a Crown Point Central School English teacher. "He was an extremely talented art student. He always had a smile for you; he was very well liked."
A memorial service was held for McGuinness at the school Friday, Feb. 25.
Crown Point faculty met before classes resumed March 1 and counselors were available to assist students and staff.