NFL player and Virginia Tech, Keion Carpenter passed away Thursday morning at age 39 in Jackson South Community Hospital. Carpenter was injured in a fall that had occurred while he was on vacation with his family. He was running to the car with his son when Keion accidentally slipped and fell hitting his head and causing him to be in a coma. It was one of those accidents that happened so quick no one knew what happened. Jamilia Smith who is a cousin of Carpenter’s said” It was one of those freak accidents. He was always healthy, he went to the doctor, ate well and always worked out.” He was in a coma for 24 hours before his passing.
Keion Carpenter played safety as a Hokie. He intercepted 14 passes during NFL career with the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons. Carpenter’s coach at Virginia Tech, Frank Beamer, said in a statement that Carpenter “was one of the rocks around which we built our program.” Carpenter was also the founder of The Carpenter House in 2005 which was designed to benefit children from low income homes and be able to mentor them. He was known to be a very giving individual who always wanted to help others. He had a heart of gold. Prayers and condolences to Carpenters family, team and friends. Rest in Peace.
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