The family of former Mercyhurst and Taylor Allderdice baseball player Kenny Robinson has established a memorial fund in his name.
Robinson, 23, died on May 16 after falling into the Ohio River while fishing near Neville Island. His body was recovered and returned to his family on Saturday.
“There are no words to express the pain we have felt this week,” Mercyhurst baseball coach Joe Spano wrote on Twitter. “But our worst fears have been realized this evening. RIP Kenny. We love you and we will make sure your memory will live on forever.
There are no words to express the pain we have felt this week. We have prayed for a miracle, but our worst fears have been realized this evening. RIP Kenny. We love you and we will make sure your memory will live on forever.
— Joe Spano (@jspan27) May 25, 2020
The Mercyhurst baseball team has changed its online profile image to a remembrance of Robinson.
— Mercyhurst Baseball (@HurstBaseball) May 25, 2020
A GoFundMe page has been established to create a memorial for Robinson by his family, including his twin brother Keith and has already exceeded its initial goal of $20,000 in donations in the first 24 hours since being posted.
“If you knew Kenneth, you loved him,” Melissa Friez wrote on the memorial’s web page. “Kenneth had an infectious smile, positive personality, and strong work ethic. He never missed an opportunity to celebrate friends and family. Kenneth always maintained a positive attitude and outlook on life, no matter what the circumstance.”