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Teen Killed in a Hammer Throwing Competition

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A 19-year-old college freshman was killed when he is hit in the head during a hammer throwing competition.

Ethan Roser was volunteering for the track-and-field event when he was hit. He died at the hospital. It happened at a track meet in Chicago’s Lawson Park being hosted by Wheaton College. The event features a heavy metal ball at the end of a chain which is thrown for distance. Investigators call it a horrible accident.

“The bottom line is, they were doing a hammer throw event. The young man was unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time, caught the hammer in the head, dropped down and was unresponsive after that,” said Witness Marcus Malcom.

As word spread of the death on Saturday a candlelight vigil was held for Roser that night.

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