Ethan Rosen, a 19-year-old freshman at Wheaton College, was killed in a hammer-throwing accident while volunteering at the Don Church Twilight track and field competition on Saturday.
Roser, who was from Cincinnati, was volunteering at a Church track and field competition when he was accidentally struck by a hammer. The hammer used in these competitions are usually metal balls attached to a steel wire. The athletes hold a grip at the other end of the wire and spin it repeatedly before releasing it. Mens hammers weigh 16 pounds and women’s weigh just under nine.
Wheaton College says Roser was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grover, where he was pronounced dead.
No other details regarding the incident have been released.
Roser’s family told the Chicago Tribune on Sunday that they are traveling to the school to find out more about what happened.
“We know he’s with Jesus,” his father, the Reverend Mark Roser, said. “And the fact that he’s in paradise is a great source of comfort to us.”
According to school officials, Roser was a 19-year-old freshman soccer player at Wheaton College. He was studying to be a minister. The Chicago Tribune reports that he had transferred to the school in January.
Roser is the youngest of four children and his parents are Christian missionaries. Roser lived in Zimbabwe until he was six.