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Greencastle man's energy recalled

19-year-old California (Pa.) student died last week; official cause still unknown

19-year-old California (Pa.) student died last week; official cause still unknown

May 05, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Friends of William Kiel Bobbitt were turning to social-networking site Facebook.com to leave memorials remembering the 19-year-old Greencastle man after his death last week.

Some made arrangements to take their final exams early in order to attend services Tuesday and Wednesday in the Greencastle area.

"There's been tons of his friends and kids coming out here," said Tony Bobbitt, father of the young man known as Kiel.

The family planned to go to California University of Pennsylvania today to pick up the 2007 Greencastle-Antrim High School graduate's belongings and visit the coroner's office there. They were awaiting word on an official cause of death.

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In the meantime, they were talking about Kiel's social personality and his involvement in several area churches, youth groups and missions trips.

"On his Philadelphia trip, he was able to set up a Bible study for young kids. He was amazed by the change in these kids from Monday to Friday," his mother, Lori Bobbitt, said.

Kiel took his younger sister, Katy, under his wing when they were in high school together. He also helped his sister Ema, an eighth-grader, with her soccer skills.

Kiel not only played soccer on the high school team, but also got involved in outside leagues that allowed him to play all over the region. He later joined the college rugby team.

Kiel, who was a communications major, announced home games for the 2007 Greencastle-Antrim High School basketball team that went to the state finals. At the finals championship held at Penn State University, he stepped into a different role.

"He donned his blue wig and painted his face to become the guy to get everyone pumped up. On graduation day, he wore the blue wig. That's Kiel," Tony Bobbitt said.

Father and son visited several college campuses, but Kiel was drawn to California University of Pennsylvania because it had the close-knit atmosphere of a home, according to Tony Bobbitt.

He said his son, whom he described as always positive and energetic, fit in well and made friends in his freshman year.

"He was extremely friendly and outgoing," Tony Bobbitt said.

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