MARIN COUNTY (KRON) — Marin City resident, 17-year-old Kwentyn Wiggins was entering his senior year at the Branson School in Ross.
At his high school, the flag flies at half staff and school officials say Wiggins was a beloved member of their student body.
“Kwen was a larger than life personality on this campus,” one official said. “He was friends with everyone. He said hello to everyone. He was a mentor to younger kids.”
The school is out on summer break, but a vigil held Monday night was heavily attended.
It was earlier that morning, just after 2 a.m. that the CHP says Wiggins’ car hit a tree, overturning and catching fire just pass the Tamalpais exit of southbound Highway 101.
Flowers mark the scene of the fatal solo crash. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. The tragedy ended a life full of promise.
Wiggins was a star athlete — a starting quarterback on their football team and starting guard on their basketball team, helping lead both teams to championship.
He and his father just came back from a tour of colleges where many schools were looking to recruit him for basketball.
The director of admissions says while much was made of Wiggins’ athletic ability, he was also a dedicated student and had an ability of connecting with people from all walks of life.
“You’ll hear so many people say ‘Kwentyn was my best friend, Kwentyn was my best friend,’ that’s how he made everyone feel — that you were the most important person to him,” said Admissions Director Nathalio Gray.
The school has grief counselors on campus Tuesday and Wednesday and their school counselor will be here all week to help students process this loss.
The school has started a Go Fund Me online fundraiser in his name. To donate, click here.
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