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Remembering former Katasoka football player who died in crash

Elijah Soler has always lived in the moment, Catasauqua High School principal Adam Schnug said Wednesday.

“That’s how I remember him,” Schnugg said. “And he smiled because he always talked to the staff about any topic. He was mature beyond his age, so it was great to talk to him.”

Sorrell, 18, killed monday night rear Crash on the American Parkway BridgeHis death was the second tragedy to hit the district in just ten days. Dante M. Kainz, 21, died on Christmas Day Lower Macungie Township after the crash. Katasokua High School alumni and former football players, school administrators, and others who knew Solar and Kainz said they were enthusiastic about the school’s exercise program and miss it a lot.

Counselors are available to students and staff, according to Shelly Keffer, the school’s student services coordinator. It’s an ongoing effort.

“We are really proud to support our students, especially when there are two tragedies in 10 days,” Keffer said. “Providing support is very important to us. [students] To know they are here to talk if needed. ”

Kaintz graduated from Catasauqua High School in 2019, Schnug said. He was a wide receiver and defensive player on the school’s football team.

“Dante bled brown and white,” he said. “He was still attending football games like the Thanksgiving game and doing something even though he was graduating. He still attended events and supported local schools. was there.”

Soler, who graduated from high school in 2022, was captain of the football team and played in the running and defensive back positions, Schnugg said. He often attended school events and participated in the annual bonfire.

“He was always doing something,” he said. “He was always involved in sports and what we were doing in school.”

Hanover Township’s Solar collided with a tractor trailer while driving on the Allentown Bridge around 7:37 pm on Monday, officials said.

He was pronounced dead on the bridge at 9:06 p.m., according to a news release from Lehigh County Coroner Daniel A. Baglio. His cause of death was multiple injuries in the crash and was ruled missing.

Kainz He was pronounced dead around 7:20 pm on Christmas Day after his car left the 2200 block of Light Horse Harry Road. He died of multiple blunt force injuries and his death was ruled an accident.

Both Soler and Kaintz’s online fundraiser exceeded their goals.

“Rest Elijah Alfredo Sorel” According to the fundraiser webpage, donations from 280 people have so far raised $15,160 of the $15,000 goal. The campaign was launched on Tuesday, the day after an 18-year-old boy was murdered. Kaintz’s GoFundMe We also exceeded our goal of $12,500, raising $13,365.

According to the fundraiser’s account, Elijah “shed a light on him and everyone he came in contact with loved him and fell in love with him for who he was”. In doing so, please help raise funds for his funeral so that he can rest in peace. Anything is welcome. God bless you.”

The Morning Call reached out to the fundraiser organizers for comment.

Limitless East Coast, an event planning organization based in the Lehigh Valley, said in a Facebook post Tuesday that Soler was “not only a member of Limitless, but a son, friend, brother, All-Star athlete and an all-star athlete.” I was also a car enthusiast,” he said. [and] Above all, a ball of light to all who were given the chance to meet him.

“Eli’s presence, his love, his laughter. [and] his passion for cars [and] Bikes live on through family and friends [and] According to the post, it’s the Lehigh Valley auto community. “I ask you all to keep him. [and] Please protect his loved ones in your prayers while respecting their privacy when they are grieving.

According to the post, the organizers plan to hold an event honoring Solar’s memory.

The Morning Call reached out to Limitless for comment.

“Please continue to think and pray for Elijah Sorel’s family and friends,” a school athletics official said on Twitter. “Elijah was always upbeat and had a big smile on her face. Hard to believe this was her second response in 10 days. Another sad day for Roughriders…”

Born and raised in Katasoka, Kaintz played basketball and ran a track team in high school, according to the fundraiser. He attended Katstown University, where he studied Computer Science and earned a degree in Game Development. Dante was also a youth football coach.

According to the fundraiser’s account, “Dante spent his life making sure the people around him were so loved, so special, and always put a smile on everyone’s face.” I was a child who gave priority to others and gave priority to others.

“He was a great character. This loss affects everyone in the community he was a part of. He touched many lives for those around him.”

To contact Morning Call reporter Molly Bilinsky: mbilinski@mcall.com.

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