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UPDATE: 16 year old male killed while walking to band competition

October 7, 2017 5:24 p.m. a.m.

Staff Report

Saturday morning Bartow County EMS along with other agencies responded to Old HWY 41 near Manning Mill Road in Adairsville to a 16-year-old male struck by a vehicle.

The victim has been identified as Larry Gardner.

Gardner was walking up the roadway when he was struck by the car. Bartow County EMS crews arrived on the scene to find Gardner with no sign of life. 

 Adairsville High School Principal Bruce Mulkey said the senior was known to many as the "Soul of the Adairsville high School Marching Band." Larry was on his way to Carrollton to attend his final band competition of the year when he was hit by the car. The school system cancelled the trip upon learning of the student's passing. 

"This is a devastating loss to our band, school and community," said Mulkey. "He had an unbelievable spirit. I'll remember that most. If he had a bad day, you would have never known it. He had a smile on his face every time I passed him. Larry's energy and enthusiasm were just as contagious as his smile."

Guidance counselors will be available on Monday to help Adairsville High School students cope with the sudden loss of one of their classmates.

The Bartow County School System said a fund has also been established at Northside Bank to help the student's family.