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Steinhoff's family talks about athlete's tragic death

Kameron Steinhoff in his HPU uniform. Kameron Steinhoff in his HPU uniform.
Kathleen Steinhoff Kathleen Steinhoff

By Steve Uyehara – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kameron Steinhoff's mom, dad and brother sat together on a bench outside of Queen's Medical Center Wednesday, still shocked by the awful turn of events that will impact their family forever.

Kameron, a basketball player at Hawaii Pacific University and a former state player of the year, died last night from injuries he suffered in a skateboarding accident on Monday.

"He was a really good basketball player," said Kathleen Steinhoff as she starts to sob. "I'm gonna miss my son. I just want everyone to know out there that Kameron is a really good kid. And he loved people. He was a very quiet kid but if you got to know him then yeah he wasn't too quiet," she finished with a smile and a chuckle.

Family was always first for Kameron who was a brother, a son, and a proud uncle to his 19-month-old nephew Oli.

"Kameron took him under his wing," said his older brother and former UH offensive lineman Keoni Steinhoff. "You know, uncle goin' be here for you. He goin' teach him everything he can."

His generosity will also be missed, something they were reminded of when asked if they wanted to donate his organs.

Shawn Steinhoff, Kameron's dad, says they initially didn't know what to do.

"I said ay, why don't we look at his ID, his license. And sure enough, we look at his license it showed he wanted for be one donor."

Said his mom, "I know he'll still be around watching us and having someone else have a second chance in life."

Sports was undeniably a huge part of Kameron's life.

He started playing basketball when he was just 4 and football when he was 8.

And according to his coach, he had a great future at HPU.

"We talk about he was a quiet leader," said HPU head basketball Coach Darren Vorderbruegge. "But boy when he got on the court, he wasn't quiet. Everything came out and he was tremendously competitive and fiery."

He was so fiery in fact that he injured himself in a football game back in high school.

He had his spleen removed, but even though doctors told him to rest, "(Punahou head football) Coach (Kale) Ane, he came up to me when he was healing he said ay, your son was in the gym dunking," said Shawn, beaming with pride as he reflected back. "I was like, why didn't you stop him. But that's just the way he is."

And as his family deals with his passing they want it to serve as a warning for anyone skateboarding without a helmet or doing anything too risky.

"It's just a mother's nightmare," said Kathleen, fighting back tears. "I wish they could bring my son back."

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