Update: Missing Fremont Teen Found Dead

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

A vigil was held Sunday night in Fremont to remember 16-year-old Brandon Kamphaus, whose body was found hours earlier northwest of town. He'd been missing since Friday.

“Brandon was a great guy, we're all going to miss him, I just can't believe he's gone.” Heartbreak over the loss of a teammate, friend and brother. Those in Fremont who knew Brandon and even those who didn't gathered to remember him.

A group of volunteers found his body in a wooded area about a mile from where Brandon's car was discovered on Friday. He was last seen getting ready for school at his home. Kamphaus, who had diabetes, never made it to school. His vehicle was located six blocks from his home.

Fremont Deputy Police Chief Jeff Elliott says investigators don't believe foul play was involved, but an autopsy will be performed Monday to determine how he died.

“He had a positive attitude the whole time, no matter what.” A positive attitude about friends, family and his passion for soccer. Brandon was a star goalie at Fremont High School and a team captain.

“He's one of the most focused athletes I’ve coached.” Sean Murphy says Brandon was a leader who motivated others to do better. “You coach them, you’re with them, it’s like one of your own. You’re hurt for the other boys on the team, you’re hurt for yourself, you’re hurt for his family. It’s just pain.”

His teammates say Brandon was quiet and serious, at least initially. “If you got him pumped up, excited, happy, you couldn't shut him up.” Joseph Karisco was a teammate who says Brandon's skills were way beyond his years. “He was definitely a younger brother we have been playing with. He's always played up, he's younger than most of the kids on the team, but he was just that good, he stayed with us.”

Though questions remain about what led to the teen's death, Sunday's gathering allowed his teammates and friends to lean on each other. “We're all going to miss him. We got to stick together and stay as a family, no matter what.”

Grief counselors were at the school Sunday and will be there again on Monday.

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