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Community wears pink to remember Warrick Co. teen killed in accident

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There was a large gathering of support on Tuesday in Boonville for a young man who lost his life in an accident two months ago. 

15-year-old Hunter McDaniel was killed in an accident on his dirt bike. On Tuesday night, his friends and family paid tribute in a very special way.

Hunter loved to play sports and he loved the color pink.  Hundreds gathered together and combined his two loves as a way to remember their friend who was taken way too soon.

"Hunter wasn't shy about a whole lot of things and he let it well be known that he loved pink. When he played here, he would play with pink shoe strings or pink socks, or something, just to be different," Hunter's father, Thomas McDaniel said.

In Hunter's honor, the Boonville Panthers took the field Tuesday night sporting pink towels, and even, pink socks. The opposing team from Princeton even showed up and showed off their pink support.

"Now you can smile a little bit," BMS coach Wes McKinney said. 

The large sea of pink surrounding the school's football field was exactly the way coach McKinney said he wanted Tuesday's Pink Out to turn out.

Even though Hunter went on to attend Tecumseh last year, his former coach said his love of sports is still a legacy at Boonville Middle.

"Football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, golf. Hunter was getting big into golf," McKinney said.

"He's done more in 15 years as far as touching people than I've done in 50," Thomas said.

Hunter's father, mother, and brother joined the hundreds who wore pink to cheer on the Panthers and support the newly created Hunter Strong Foundation.

"This is basically just to help those children and make awareness of certain things that need a little bit of extra help. We want people to remember Hunter and the way he touched everybody else's lives. We want his to touch theirs back in upcoming years," Thomas said.

The family said they have the $10,000 required to start the foundation and hope to get the ball rolling soon so scholarships in Hunter's name can be given out very soon. 

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