Earlier this week, a tragedy took place in Corbin, Kentucky. Eight-year-old Eli Hill passed away while playing basketball at his home. In a freak accident, the backboard of a basketball goal came off the pole and fell on him.
Following the tragedy, the community of Corbin has come together in remembrance of Eli and in support of his family and friends.
On Wednesday, a vigil was held at the city’s rotary baseball park. Over a hundred people gathered to honor Eli and show love for his family.
“He was a joy to be around, the amount of love, excitement. You know, the care that he had for others,” high school athlete Jacob Baker said via FOX 56.
On Thursday, the Kentucky baseball team traveled to Corbin to show support for Corbin Primary, the baseball team Eli played for.
AMAZING: The University of Kentucky baseball team surprised Eli Hill's baseball teammates at Corbin Primary School today ❤️— ABC 36 News (@ABC36News) March 23, 2023
Hill died Monday from a basketball accident.
There was prayer, words of encouragement and (1/2) pic.twitter.com/FGCpnuqIrd
@Coach_Mingione embracing Adam Hill, who lost his son in a terrible accident. Coach brought the entire @UKBaseball team to Corbin Primary to meet with Eli’s teammates. Awesome gesture, coach Minge! @KySportsRadio @ryanlemond @ShannonTheDude @DrewFranklinKSR @BillyRsports #BBN pic.twitter.com/YBrMYhlCc8— Drew Mahan (@drewmahan) March 23, 2023
A vigil is being held in Corbin for Eli Hill who tragically passed in a basketball accident on Monday. The community is coming together in support of the Hill family. ❤️— LEX 18 News (@LEX18News) March 22, 2023
LEX 18's @RickyReports will have more on LEX 18 News at 7 and 11. pic.twitter.com/bG382TITrT
The family has also decided to donate Eli’s organs in hopes of saving the lives of others.
In a time of tragedy, it’s heartwarming to see people from around the state rally around the family and friends of young Eli, who made an impact on many and will be missed.
The Hill family has also issued a warning of a fake GoFundMe that’s made its way around social media, which you can read more about here.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Eli and his family.