Trigg County Public Schools is providing assistance to staff, students and their families following the death last week of a Trigg County student.

Kameron Layton Smith, 11, a Cadiz resident and fifth-grader at Trigg County Intermediate School, died Thursday, and services took place Monday at Cadiz United Methodist Church.

A letter sent to the newspaper from Superintendent Bill Thorpe said the school system’s District Crisis Team has developed a plan to provide help for staff, students and their families following the death.

“This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns and questions for our entire school, especially our students,” Thorpe noted in the letter. “We will have counselors and district staff onsite to help during this challenging time. If you feel your child is in need of special assistance or is having a great deal of difficulty coping with the loss, please do not hesitate to call your student’s school.”

The superintendent said officials understand that it is important to deal with grief, loss, anger and fear reactions, but he said they also believe it is essential to resume as normal of a routine as possible regarding school activities.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss and will make every effort to help your child as they need,” he said.

Smith, the son of Timothy Craig Smith Jr., and Crystal Dawn Smith, {span}was baptized at New Hope Baptist Church in 2019. The young boy loved playing video games on his Xbox and PlayStation and especially enjoyed playing Fortnite, according to information in his obituary.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

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