Neuqua Valley Junior Dies After Tragic Accident

Inside Saint Raphael’s Church in Naperville, a local band practiced for a performance members wish they never had to give, at their best friend’s wake.

16 year-old Kyle Zuleg died after a tragic accident during a family camping trip. Kyle was playing flashlight tag at a Will County forest preserve when a 2,000-pound tree branch fell 60 feet to the ground, killing him and injuring his friend, 13 year-old Tom Harless. Both boys were rushed to the hospital. Zuleg died two days later.

Kyle’s closest friends say they’ll remember Kyle for how he lived, not how he died.

”He’s just a good kid and I’m going to miss him more than anything in the world,” said Connor O’Gorman.

Even though he never played an instrument, Kyle’s friends considered him an honorary member of the band.

“We’d even call him a Roadie cause he’d come to every show [and] help pack up equipment,” said Ryan Hutt.

When he wasn’t at their concerts, Kyle enjoyed playing volleyball at Neuqua Valley High School and producing videos for Wildcat Weekly. He was a junior at the school.

“Two things struck me about Kyle, charisma and energy,” said Neuqua Valley Principal, Dr. Robert McBride. “Whenever he approached things that he did, he did so with lots of positive energy.”

The tragedy came during what was supposed to be a joyous time for the students at the school, Neuqua’s Homecoming week. During their Homecoming Court, classmates honored Kyle with a moment of silence. And on Thursday, October 21st, hundreds of friends, classmates, and family members lined up for visitation services. Many of them wore a Packers jersey or green and yellow as a tribute to Kyle Zuleg, who was a devoted Green Bay fan.

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