Loss mourned of beloved local teen

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Loss mourned of beloved local  teen As the News Review was going to press this week, the Ridgecrest Police Department confirmed reports that a 19-year-old Ridgecrest resident was killed while crossing Las Flores Avenue near Fairview Street.

Sgt. Jed McLaughlin could only confirm that the victim was struck by a vehicle driven by 49-year-old Kevin Havig late Saturday afternoon. Contrary to reports circulated online, the incident was not a hit-and-run, said McLaughlin.

The young man killed was Mychael Thomas (aka Hoggard), a Burroughs High School graduate and popular member of the Drama Club. Facilitated by social networking, word of his death spread quickly. Friends of the beloved teen posted an outpouring of grief, memories and support on his Facebook page.

In addition to being a fixture on the BHS stage, he had been accepted to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles.

“I’ll miss you,” wrote his fellow BHS alum and roommate Justin Tuthill. “I’m going to make you proud in every scene I do. I’m no longer going to school for myself. I’m going for a brother, too.”

“We truly never know when you see someone, or talk to them or read their Facebook posts, if it’s going to be the last,” wrote Beth Cosner, another BHS classmate. “Forget about the petty things and love all those around you … you’re in God’s hands now, Mychael. You will be sincerely missed.”

“I’m glad to have met Mychael Thomas and for all the times he made me and so many other people laugh and smile,” said classmate Arcee Duag. “He’s touched all of us in some way, and I’m honored to have shared the stage with him.”

A celebration of Thomas’ life will featured in next week’s News Review.

Story First Published: 2013-01-02