13-year-old dead after falling off bike in Farmington
Farmington police say a 13-year-old is dead after reportedly falling off a bicycle in the city.
According to police, first responders were called to the intersection of Canova Court and 224th Street West around 8:15 p.m. Saturday for a report of a person who had fallen off a bike and was injured.
When they arrived, first responders provided lifesaving measures but were unable to save Madden McKean, who died at the scene.
No other details were immediately provided, other than the incident is being investigated by Farmington police and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Farmington Police Chief Gary Rutherford said Madden was “an extraordinary young man that touched the lives of everyone he met.”
A memorial paints a picture of Madden McKean’s life.
From the messages on the ground to the flowers, it’s clear he will be missed.
On a quiet street in the middle of Farmington, an unexpected tragedy rocked the community.
Colorful messages scribbled on the concrete are all addressed to 13-year-old McKean, whose life was cut short.
“The world got turned upside down,” Pastor Kevin Woestehoff, Farmington Lutheran Church, said. “It just hurts to see a family lose their son.”
Pastor Woestehoff was one of many who had the privilege to know McKean.
“He was a good athlete, loved playing basketball, golf and football. He had a passion for people and a passion for life,” he said.
The community explained the teen had a big heart.
He looked out for those who needed help if it was on the basketball court, the hallways at school or in life.
McKean was a 7th grader at Bachman Middle School
The principal said in a school full of hundreds, he was someone you remembered across the school district.
“His teachers and his friends would talk a lot about his sense of humor. He was hilarious. He could absolutely light up a room,” Joe Sage, Bachman Middle School principal, said. “It’s been tough, but our community has come together.”
On Monday night, the principal said hundreds of kids showed up to the school to chalk on the sidewalks with messages to remember McKean.
On Tuesday night, Farmington Lutheran Church held a celebration of life event for the teen where hundreds of students showed up to honor his memory and grieve.
Through the pain, the community is still showing up to support the family however they can through fundraisers, memorials and words of kindness.
There is a GoFundme set up to support the family.
Woestehoff explained the family plans to use some of the funds to create scholarships in McKean’s name to give back to the community.
Funeral services for McKean will take place next week. The visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, at Farmington Lutheran Church. The funeral service, 1 p.m. Tuesday at the same location.