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Reports: 12-year-old killed during homecoming parade in western Iowa

A 12-year-old boy died Friday after falling off a float during a homecoming parade in Woodbury County.

SLOAN, Iowa — A 12-year-old boy was killed during a homecoming parade Friday in western Iowa, KCAU reported.

The Westwood Community School District identified the victim as Kage McDonald. Woodbury County Deputy William Brooks said the boy fell off a float and then was run over.  

The Sioux City Journal reported the boy was flown to a Sioux City hospital but died from his injuries 

"As our family is suffering; we also know many classmates, teammates, friends and the community are working through their own emotions," Kage's aunt, Tiffney McDonald wrote in a Facebook post.

Kage wasn’t just a football player and cross country runner, he we also a Boy Scout. He was in a very small class of 7th...

Posted by Tiffney McDonald on Sunday, September 26, 2021

Richard Moore, the president of the Westwood Ministerial Association told KCAU the community is coming together to get through the tragedy.

"You’ve got to know that you’re not alone, and this community has done very very well in that," Moore said. "That’s one of the reasons I’m so proud to be a part of this community."

Westwood was set to host Hinton for their Homecoming game Friday, but the game was postponed to Saturday. Hinton posted a tweet offering condolences to Kage's family.

Other community members also shared messages of support.

This morning we played Westwood in football. Last night they tragically lost a teammate and friend. While we competed on...

Posted by Adam Stokes on Saturday, September 25, 2021

A GoFundMe was set up for the McDonald family with a $3,000 goal and has raised more than $23,000. You can donate to the fundraiser here or via MealTrain here.

Local 5 will update this story as more information becomes available.

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