Within the span of one heartbreaking month, two beloved high school classmates died in separate and terrible vehicle crashes, leaving the Shakopee town in the heart of Minnesota in unspeakable sadness. The most recent incident included the terribly short life of 16-year-old Shakopee High School junior Evan Martin.
Who was Evan Martin?
Shakopee High School junior Evan Martin, 16, was well-known for his enthusiasm and energy. Evan was a dynamic player for the Shakopee Youth Lacrosse Association and left a lasting impression on everyone around him, both on and off the pitch. His sudden death leaves a community reeling from both the loss of him and the treasured memories of his carefree youth.
Evan Martin suffered severe injuries in an automobile accident on January 24 and is currently receiving critical care. Despite the greatest efforts of healthcare providers, Evan’s catastrophic brain damage proved fatal. On a gloomy Monday morning, his family reported his demise to the school, plunging classmates, professors, and the community into a collective state of mourning.
What Happened Evan Martin?
Following this tragic event, a GoFundMe page was set up to help Evan’s family financially through this trying time. Donations are starting to come in, reaching $2,000, demonstrating the community’s strength and compassion. The money raised is evidence of the influence Evan had on people around him and the strength of the Shakopee community during difficult times.
Following another heartbreaking incident in which the Shakopee High School community had to say goodbye to senior student-athlete Mikayla McCarvel, who passed away from her injuries sustained in a wreck on December 26, there is now the unfathomable loss of this young life.
Upon hearing of Evan’s sudden passing, condolences from all facets of his life started to arrive. Evan’s former team, the Shakopee Youth Lacrosse Association, offered their sincere sympathies, recalling him as a passionate and committed athlete. In a poignant statement, Shakopee High School offered its support to Evan’s friends and family during this deeply sad period.