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Tribute honors Hawaii athlete killed by skateboarding accident

Kameron Steinhoff Kameron Steinhoff
Artie Wilson Artie Wilson
Linda Padello Linda Padello
Duane Franklin Duane Franklin
Alex Purring Alex Purring

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

WAIPAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An emotional tribute on Monday night honored a basketball standout who died after a skateboarding crash. Hundreds of people showed up for Kameron Steinhoff's memorial service which included music, dance tributes, and a remembrance video.

"He's the ultimate warrior. He's a guy that I enjoyed coaching. He's not only a great player, but he was a good guy," said NCAA summer league coach Artie Wilson.

Steinhoff's family greeted mourners before the private service at New Hope Leeward in Waipahu. The Hawaii Pacific University student died after a skateboarding accident last month.

"They're hurting as a family. It's very difficult to lose a 21 year old. A lot of questions, a lot of unanswered questions about how a tragic accident like this could happen," Wilson said.

"We treated him like a son and he treated us like an alternate mom and dad. He's very dear. He was very respectful," said family friend Linda Padello.

Steinhoff was not wearing a helmet when he crashed. His family is urging others to learn from this tragedy.

"Anything is better than nothing, and that's where these helmets come in because I'd much rather crack a $45 helmet than crack my head open," said Duane Franklin, manager of BIKEFACTORY Waipio.

The store sells different kinds of skateboards and helmets, but Franklin admitted that it can be tough to convince children to wear protective gear.

"If professionals aren't wearing helmets, it's gonna be harder to make the kids wear the helmets. Plus, a lot of kids don't like the look of them. I think they look a lot better than bandages," Franklin said.

As Steinhoff's family and friends struggled to deal with their sudden loss, they all said he would be dearly missed.

"His heart, his aloha spirit. I think his passing has made me raise a lot of questions about my own life and how I want to be a good person as well," said HPU student Alex Purring.

"He's just a sweetheart and he had a great future ahead of him," said Padello.

Steinhoff's organs were donated to three people in Hawaii, according to family spokesman Artie Wilson.

 

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