Former JMU Baseball standout missing following boating accident

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Published: Aug. 9, 2016 at 12:03 AM EDT
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James Madison University is remembering a recent baseball standout who went missing following a boating accident over the weekend.

JMU's Director of Athletics, Jeff Bourne told WHSV, "We were made aware on Sunday morning of the tragic passing of Kevin Husum, an exceptional young man who was a proud member of the JMU baseball team before offering his services as a student assistant coach this past season. As the team and all of us in the JMU Athletic Department try to come to terms with this tragedy, our hearts go out to his family and loved ones."

Our sister station, WJHG, reported Monday evening, "authorities at Lake Lanier, north of Atlanta, continue to look for the body of 23-year-old Kevin Husum, who was enjoying time with family and friends up on the lake Saturday, when he was the victim of some kind of boating accident that killed him."

JMU's Head Baseball Coach, Marlin Ikenberry, said, "This is a tragic day for JMU baseball. We've lost not just a great player and coach, but an even better person. He was loved by everyone associated with our program and all of our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

JMU told WHSV Kevin Husum was a two-year letterwinner for the Dukes in 2014 and 2015 after transferring from Gulf Coast State. He hit .278 with a .388 on-base percentage across 102 career games before joining the JMU coaching staff as a student assistant for the 2016 season, which saw the Dukes finish fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association.

WJHG added the exact details behind the accident are still unknown. They also report that since the incident, police have arrested the boat operator, Kenneth Toller of Georgia. Toller was charged with boating under the influence, and is in the Forsyth County Jail.

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