School, community remember student who died after golf cart accident

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - An empty desk, an unopened locker and a jersey number that will never be worn again. All of those things belonged to 13-year-old Cameron Berry.

"Every time he stepped on the field he gave it all he got," said one of Berry's teammates.

On a dark and dreary Monday in St. George, students and teachers at Dorchester Academy remember a person that never stopped making them laugh.

"It's gonna be hard," said Dorchester Academy headmaster Karen Neil. "It's going to be hard."

Berry fell off a golf cart sometime after school Friday. The fall caused severe head trauma and even after emergency surgery, and 24 hours of prayers and tears, Berry passed away.

"Berry was 100 percent boy. He went 99 miles per hour," said Berry's eighth grade teacher Penny Fender. "He loved hunting, fishing, football. He was an awesome kid. It's one of those things you never want to hear."

Fender says although the Berry family's prayers may not have been answered, others have.

"Their miracle didn't happen however through donating his organs a lot of other families miracles will happen," Fender said.

After a tragic accident, No. 5 number five on the junior varsity football team is still giving and helping others.

"He was a real good friend and I'm going to miss him," said one of Berry's friends, fighting back tears.

Berry's classmates spent Monday writing to their lost friend, sharing memories, notes, promises and dealing with the pain together.

"If something happens to one of us - it affects all of us," a classmate said.

Funeral arrangements have not been made, but the school says Berry's No. five football jersey will be retired and displayed in a trophy case in the front lobby.

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