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Vigil Held But Still No Answers In Death Of Fremont Teen

By: Jeff Sabin, Lauren Squires Email
By: Jeff Sabin, Lauren Squires Email

There is still no official cause of death for a Fremont teenager whose body was found Sunday. Brandon Kamphaus, 16, had been missing since Friday.

Monday night the community gathered at Christensen Field in Fremont to pray and share memories of Kamphaus. He was goalie on the soccer team and someone who had a clear impact on the team and the community.

His father, Kevin, spoke to the crowd about the legacy his son left behind. He encouraged all of them to talk about their feelings and remember it's okay to be sad. However, he encouraged everyone to take the chance to celebrate his life. He also expressed his gratitude to the community for helping search for his son, despite the outcome.

The underlying message on Monday night's vigil: stick together. People say that's what he would want.

Monday was the first day back at Fremont High School since news of the sophomore's death. Principal Chuck Story said they tried to make Monday be as normal as possible for students, and things went as well as could be expected. Crisis counselors were available at the school to help friends and classmates cope with the tragedy.

Kamphaus was last seen Friday morning at home getting ready for school. His vehicle was found later that day a half mile away. His body was discovered Sunday afternoon in a wooded area in northwest Fremont.

Kamphaus was diabetic, but police have not said if that was a factor in his death.

Fremont police say the autopsy was inconclusive, and a cause of death will not be known until toxicology reports come back in about six to eight weeks.

Because of items found at the scene, police do not suspect foul play.


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