BRAIDWOOD – The superintendent of Reed-Custer School District 255 said that Michael Wilkey will be long remembered in the school community.
Wilkey is the 15-year-old Godley youth who was shot Dec. 26 in what police called “a tragic accident” during a sleepover at a church outside Wilmington.
Reed-Custer schools remain closed for winter break until Tuesday. But Superintendent Mark Mitchell said many people from the school community were at visitation services for Wilkey on Tuesday, including administrators from all three of the district schools.
“He’s been a student here since he was in kindergarten,” Mitchell said Wednesday. “It really hit home when I was at the services yesterday. We had administrators from all three of our buildings. Mikey was a big part of this place, and he will not be forgotten.”
Wilkey was regularly called Mikey, including in his obituary posted on the Reeves Funeral Home website.
“One who was loved by teachers and friends alike, Mikey will be remembered for always being there for anyone in need,” the obituary states.
The school district will have counselors available when classes resume on Tuesday, Mitchell said.
“We’re going to have our counselors and social workers available to all students, but especially for those who were in Mikey’s classes,” he said.
Wilkey was a freshman at Reed-Custer High School in Braidwood.
He was shot accidentally during a sleepover at the Christian Faith Center. According to police, Wilkey and his cousin thought they heard someone trying to break into the church and a rifle accidentally discharged as they went to investigate the noise.