Wingate basketball player Kyle Honore struck and killed by train

Kyle Honore, an incoming freshman on the Wingate University men’s basketball team, died after being struck by a train on Tuesday night. He was 19.

Honore was struck by a train just before 10:45 p.m. near an entrance to the school, a small, private university in Wingate, N.C., about 30 miles south of Charlotte, that competes at the Division II level.

He was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital, the police said in a statement. There was no evidence of foul play and the death is under investigation.

Kyle Honore, an incoming freshman basketball player at Wingate University, died Tuesday after he was struck by a train.
Kyle Honore, an incoming freshman basketball player at Wingate University, died Tuesday after he was struck by a train.
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Potomac High School basketball coach Keith Honore stands next to his son Kyle on Feb. 2, 2022.
Potomac High School basketball coach Keith Honore stands next to his son Kyle on Feb. 2, 2022.
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Honore had just moved to campus on Sunday, according to an email from the school to the Charlotte Observer.

“It’s hard to reconcile the loss of Kyle Honore with the hopeful beginnings of a new academic year,” university president Rhett Brown said in a statement. “To Kyle’s family, teammates and friends, we grieve your loss and we pray for your care and well-being during this difficult time. At moments like these, we are reminded that life is both precious and fleeting

We can and should honor Kyle’s memory by doing all we can to look out for, and care for, each other.”

Honore was a four-year starter for Potomac High School in Dumfries, Va., where he averaged just under 20 points a game during his senior year playing for his father, Keith.

In March, he announced his decision to attend Wingate, where he was slated join a team that went 21-8 last season and finished fourth in the South Atlantic Conference.

“Everybody says that their love of the game starts when they were young,” Honore said in February, per the Washington Post. “but I have a picture of me at 2 years old with two basketballs in hand, wearing an NBA headband and a Carmelo Anthony jersey. It’s always been in me, and in middle school I started to understand that this is what I’d be doing for a long time.”

Kyle Honore points to a clipboard being held by his dad Keith.
Kyle Honore points to a clipboard being held by his dad Keith.
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Honore was named Cardinal District Player of the Year and received All-Met and all-state honors his senior year and finished with 1,003 career points.

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