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Remembering Zack

posted Apr 18 2016 10:40 PM

Remembering Zack

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ALTON — Marquette Catholic High School classmates, friends, teammates and staff remembered junior Zack Hunter during an all-school assembly Monday morning following his passing Sunday, April 17, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Hunter suffered severe injuries following a car crash April 1 while he was returning from Principia College with tennis teammate Jonathan Claywell, who suffered minor injuries in the crash that ultimately claimed the life of the popular hockey and tennis player.

“We are sad for Zack’s passing,” Marquette High School Principal Mike Slaughter said during the assembly. “In my years here at Marquette, he is the fifth young person we’ve buried. I am angry, but not at Zack. This accident was not due to drinking or drugs. From what I understand, he was not speeding. This was just a horrible accident, and it makes me angry. Am I angry at God? No.”

Hunter was rushed to emergency surgery after the crash and suffered from swelling of the brain after the operation. In days to come, the family received news that his condition was showing signs of improvement, but he began to decline rapidly.

“We believed God was going to pull him out,” Slaughter continued in his message to students. “I will always believe in miracles and the Lord does listen to our prayers. I also believe He will not say ‘yes’ to everything. He may say ‘not now’ or He may have other plans in mind. Do not get angry with the Lord. I have love for Zack and for his mom and dad. Over the three weekends I went to Barnes hospital to visit, I’ve never seen two young parents stronger than Mr. and Mrs. Hunter.”

Father Bill Kessler spoke words of comfort, prayed with students and read passages such as Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.  

“Zack lived his life fully and never held anything back,” Kessler said. “With his friendships and family and whatever activity he was involved in, that is a connection that is timeless. We will see him again and we will know his friendship, love and passion, as death is but a gateway for all of those to believe.”

Slaughter informed the students, teachers and staff that school will not be in session the day of Hunter’s funeral so anyone who wishes to attend can do so.

“Some of you may not have known him,” Slaughter said. “But he is a member of our Marquette family. Any student faculty or staff can attend the funeral. We as a school and family will never forget Zack. Professional counselors will be here at school. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a counselor, please approach a favorite teacher or staff member if you need to today.  Teachers will get their classes back into the normal routine in the days to come. We do have to carry on.”

Slaughter reminded students of the balloon release at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the East Alton Ice Arena in memory of Hunter. The balloon release is open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend to support the Hunter family.

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Remembering Zack
Remembering Zack

Remembering Zack

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ALTON — Marquette Catholic High School classmates, friends, teammates and staff remembered junior Zack Hunter during an all-school assembly Monday morning following his passing Sunday, April 17, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Hunter suffered severe injuries following a car crash April 1 while he was returning from Principia College with tennis teammate Jonathan Claywell, who suffered minor injuries in the crash that ultimately claimed the life of the popular hockey and tennis player.

“We are sad for Zack’s passing,” Marquette High School Principal Mike Slaughter said during the assembly. “In my years here at Marquette, he is the fifth young person we’ve buried. I am angry, but not at Zack. This accident was not due to drinking or drugs. From what I understand, he was not speeding. This was just a horrible accident, and it makes me angry. Am I angry at God? No.”

Hunter was rushed to emergency surgery after the crash and suffered from swelling of the brain after the operation. In days to come, the family received news that his condition was showing signs of improvement, but he began to decline rapidly.

“We believed God was going to pull him out,” Slaughter continued in his message to students. “I will always believe in miracles and the Lord does listen to our prayers. I also believe He will not say ‘yes’ to everything. He may say ‘not now’ or He may have other plans in mind. Do not get angry with the Lord. I have love for Zack and for his mom and dad. Over the three weekends I went to Barnes hospital to visit, I’ve never seen two young parents stronger than Mr. and Mrs. Hunter.”

Father Bill Kessler spoke words of comfort, prayed with students and read passages such as Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.  

“Zack lived his life fully and never held anything back,” Kessler said. “With his friendships and family and whatever activity he was involved in, that is a connection that is timeless. We will see him again and we will know his friendship, love and passion, as death is but a gateway for all of those to believe.”

Slaughter informed the students, teachers and staff that school will not be in session the day of Hunter’s funeral so anyone who wishes to attend can do so.

“Some of you may not have known him,” Slaughter said. “But he is a member of our Marquette family. Any student faculty or staff can attend the funeral. We as a school and family will never forget Zack. Professional counselors will be here at school. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a counselor, please approach a favorite teacher or staff member if you need to today.  Teachers will get their classes back into the normal routine in the days to come. We do have to carry on.”

Slaughter reminded students of the balloon release at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the East Alton Ice Arena in memory of Hunter. The balloon release is open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend to support the Hunter family.

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Remembering Zack

By April 18, 2016

Remembering Zack

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Remembering Zack

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ALTON — Marquette Catholic High School classmates, friends, teammates and staff remembered junior Zack Hunter during an all-school assembly Monday morning following his passing Sunday, April 17, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Hunter suffered severe injuries following a car crash April 1 while he was returning from Principia College with tennis teammate Jonathan Claywell, who suffered minor injuries in the crash that ultimately claimed the life of the popular hockey and tennis player.

“We are sad for Zack’s passing,” Marquette High School Principal Mike Slaughter said during the assembly. “In my years here at Marquette, he is the fifth young person we’ve buried. I am angry, but not at Zack. This accident was not due to drinking or drugs. From what I understand, he was not speeding. This was just a horrible accident, and it makes me angry. Am I angry at God? No.”

Hunter was rushed to emergency surgery after the crash and suffered from swelling of the brain after the operation. In days to come, the family received news that his condition was showing signs of improvement, but he began to decline rapidly.

“We believed God was going to pull him out,” Slaughter continued in his message to students. “I will always believe in miracles and the Lord does listen to our prayers. I also believe He will not say ‘yes’ to everything. He may say ‘not now’ or He may have other plans in mind. Do not get angry with the Lord. I have love for Zack and for his mom and dad. Over the three weekends I went to Barnes hospital to visit, I’ve never seen two young parents stronger than Mr. and Mrs. Hunter.”

Father Bill Kessler spoke words of comfort, prayed with students and read passages such as Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.  

“Zack lived his life fully and never held anything back,” Kessler said. “With his friendships and family and whatever activity he was involved in, that is a connection that is timeless. We will see him again and we will know his friendship, love and passion, as death is but a gateway for all of those to believe.”

Slaughter informed the students, teachers and staff that school will not be in session the day of Hunter’s funeral so anyone who wishes to attend can do so.

“Some of you may not have known him,” Slaughter said. “But he is a member of our Marquette family. Any student faculty or staff can attend the funeral. We as a school and family will never forget Zack. Professional counselors will be here at school. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a counselor, please approach a favorite teacher or staff member if you need to today.  Teachers will get their classes back into the normal routine in the days to come. We do have to carry on.”

Slaughter reminded students of the balloon release at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the East Alton Ice Arena in memory of Hunter. The balloon release is open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend to support the Hunter family.

- See more at: http://advantagenews.com/news/remembering-zack/?utm_source=AdVantage+News&utm_campaign=652a3611f6-Monday_Friday_RSS_Email_8PM3_30_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3dda376f8a-652a3611f6-266510085#sthash.m3WO0nv3.dpuf\

 

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