Hundreds Attend Funeral for Crash Victim


A community said goodbye to 15-year-old Nate LaFave on Wednesday, five days after he lost his life in a traffic accident.

LaFave was killed in a Friday night crash at South 180th and Highway 370. Two girls, Maddie Shely and Carly Kelly, were seriously injured.

On Thursday, at Mount Michael where LaFave attended school, friends and family said their farewells.

It was a somber scene: a church service, a funeral procession.

Hundreds of supporters streamed through. A school representative told us the procession was more than a mile long. With everyone in place, there was a ceremony to mark the Christian burial.

School representatives say it is exceptional to be buried at Mount Michael. Aside from the 18 monks buried there, only two others have been so honored. School officials say Nathaniel LaFave's remains belong there as well.

Mount Michael's Father Louis said, "It's not just the monastic community but we see also the students, the staff, and family as an extension. To that end, with the death of a student, a current student, we felt that his inclusion in our cemetery, their request, should be granted.”

Of the others injured in the crash that claimed Nate's life, 16-year-old Madeline Shely remained hospitalized in fair condition on Wednesday. Fifteen-year-old Carly Kelly remained in critical condition.


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