Michael McElmurray, a Westside High School student who attended Augusta Christian the previous two years, died Tuesday morning after sustaining injuries during a weekend dirt bike accident. He was 16.
McElmurray played baseball for the Lions his freshman and sophomore seasons, participating on junior varsity his first year before splitting time between JV and varsity this past season.
“Good kid,” Augusta Christian baseball coach Steve White said. “There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for the team. Great student. Great family. Great people. He loved the Lord.”
McElmurray, of Hephzibah, is the third current or former Augusta Christian student to pass away this year. In March, senior third baseman Drew Passmore died after sustaining injuries in a one-car accident. In June, Emily Roberson, a 2016 Augusta Christian graduate who played basketball for the school, died in a car crash.
McElmurray, who grew up racing dirt bikes, died after suffering an accident Saturday. White said he was wearing a helmet, neck brace and other safety gear.
More than 200 people attended a prayer vigil Monday night for McElmurray at AU Medical Center. It was a scene reminscent to months earlier when hundreds of people flocked to Doctors Hospital to pray for - and with - the Passmore family. McElmurray was one of the people who attended the prayer vigil for Passmore.
White said McElmurray’s mother, Deborah, shared with him a story from Michael following the Passmore prayer vigil. Later that night, he told his mother if something like that happened to him and he had that many people visit him, he would’ve lived a good life.
“Michael just had a love for life,” White said. “He wanted to squeeze everything he could out of life. That’s why he liked riding dirt bikes.”
White said he met with his baseball team Monday and talked about the situation with McElmurray. Baseball players Campbell Passmore, Drew’s brother and Sam Roberson, Emily’s brother, were among those at the meeting. White told them they can get through tragedy once again.
“I challenged them not to take life for granted,” he said. “Live life for the Lord.”