Boy killed in severe storm at River Valley Ranch identified
- Justin Nicholas Diggs. (family photo)
Diggs was killed by a tree knocked over by powerful wind from storm on Tuesday evening at the Christian summer camp. Eight other children suffered injuries.
Diggs was among a group of campers, ages 7-12, who were in an open-air pavilion for a prayer service, about 150 yards away from a shelter hall at the campground.
A camp staff member saw the sky go dark quickly and began to usher the campers toward the hall.
The kids were hiking along the wooded path to the hall when the tree fell on Diggs and some others.
The boy's family released the following statement Friday night:
"Justin Nicholas Diggs was born on November 26, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland.
He loved to swim, play basketball and loved being outside enjoying extreme activities, such as, zip-lining, bunjee [sic] jumping and anything adventurous. He also loved to draw.
Justin was a HAPPY, upbeat, very loving young man with a very BIG heart. He would be a friend to anyone.
He attended Pikesville Middle School, Hernwood Elementary School and Happy Acres Preschool. He was an honor student and received several steward awards for being kind and helpful to other students. He brough joy to his mother and grandmother and all who were lucky enough to know him.
River Valley Ranch and Justin's friends are uniting to raise money to celebrate his life and legacy. No donation is too small. All funds will go directly to Justin's beloved mother. To make a donation to Justin's Fund please visit www.rivervalleyranch.com/justinsfund,"