Del Oro High School in Loomis is under a pall of sadness as the town deals with the untimely death of sophomore Keira Bradley, 15. On a terrible Saturday night, the bright young student was tragically killed in a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) crash in Placer County.
The Placer Union High School District, in an official statement, expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Keira Bradley, emphasizing the collective mourning of the entire school community. The district called for solidarity, urging everyone to keep Keira’s family, friends, and the Del Oro community in their thoughts during this challenging period.
Riley Davidson, a fellow sophomore at Del Oro High School, shared reflections from their fifth-period English class, highlighting the pervasive sentiment that Keira was a beacon of light in the lives of those around her. The loss is keenly felt, particularly among those who shared classrooms and moments with her.
Chaplains and mental health support resources have been mobilized by the district to assist students and staff, with a commitment to providing ongoing support as needed. The profound impact of such a tragedy on the school community is evident, underscoring the importance of emotional well-being during these trying times.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the UTV crash. According to CHP reports, the incident unfolded in Newcastle, where Keira Bradley was driving a Can-Am Defender XT UTV with two other passengers. The crash occurred as Bradley attempted to back the vehicle onto an inclined driveway but tragically rolled off a steep embankment, resulting in fatal consequences.
The vigil held at the Auburn Gymnastics Center provided a poignant space for friends, family, and the broader community to come together in remembrance of Keira Bradley. The gymnastics center held special significance for Keira, who had been part of the community since the tender age of 7. Natalie Odis, a family friend and owner of the center, painted a picture of Keira as a friend to everyone, noting her ability to offer solace to those in need.
Friends, family, and gymnastics coaches shared heartfelt memories of Keira at the vigil. Long-time coaches praised her as a beautiful soul, emphasizing her loving nature and the positive impact she had on her teammates. Coach Cassie Gadberry remembered Keira as a special individual, while Coach Hannah Valdez emphasized her bubbly personality and unwavering positive attitude.
Keira Bradley’s 16th birthday celebration, initially planned for December 22, has been replaced with a candlelight vigil to honor her memory. The tragedy has cast a shadow over what should have been a joyous occasion, serving as a stark reminder of the fragility of life.
As the Del Oro High School community mourns the loss of Keira Bradley, they also come together to celebrate the vibrant spirit she brought to their lives. The candlelight vigil stands as a symbol of remembrance, honoring a young life extinguished too soon and offering solace to those left behind. Keira Bradley’s legacy will undoubtedly endure, a testament to the impact she made on the hearts of those who knew and loved her.