2015-01-08 / Obituaries

Juyoung Kim


Juyoung Kim Juyoung Kim Juyoung Kim, 18, of Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, died Saturday, December 27, 2014, as a result of a car accident in Brimley. He was a member of the Class of 2015 at Brimley High School. He was an exchange student from South Korea who came to Brimley by way of the SHARE Exchange Program.

He was born November 1, 1996.

Juyoung thoroughly took advantage of the exchange experience while attending Brimley High School. He played sports, he enjoyed interacting with the students, and he especially enjoyed sharing his culture with the students and faculty. He always had a smile on his face, friends said, and his laughter was infectious. He was known for his positive attitude, and he worked hard in his classes. He will be sadly missed by his friends.

Juyoung is survived by his parents, Chang Yong and Inja Kim, and a sister, Jueun. He is also survived by his host family, Daniel and Cindy Knepper, and their extended family.

In honor of Juyoung, the Brimley school district presented his blue #22 away game jersey to his parents as a keepsake, while his white home uniform will be placed on a chair alongside the team’s bench during all of its home games this season.

A memorial to Juyoung was held Thursday, January 1, at Brimley High School’s Karl Parker Memorial Gymnasium. The memorial followed South Korean traditions, including serving fruit and coffee one hour before the service began. School officials said they were saddened by Juyoung’s passing and expressed how much they will miss him.

“This has been an emotional few days for the school and community,” Brimley principal Brian Reattoir said.

“I was looking forward to him running track in the spring,” Brimley athletic director Milt Sutton said.

Brimley basketball coach Matt Bathey recalled the day he met Juyoung. He saw him shooting hoops in the gymnasium and was amazed by how many of his shots were going in.

“I went up to him and asked him if he played basketball in South Korea,” Mr. Bathey said. “He said that he didn’t play basketball, but learned how to shoot from watching Youtube. He was a very smart player and the team took to him from the first day. They nicknamed him Youtube.”

C.S. Mulder Funeral Home in Sault Ste. Marie assisted the families with arrangements.

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