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North Kansas City Schools counselor killed in South Carolina boat crash

Fatalities reported after Southern MO boat crash
Posted at 9:04 AM, Sep 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-06 16:59:14-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A North Kansas City Schools counselor died in a boating accident over the weekend in Salem, South Carolina.

According to Oconee County officials, two boats collided on Lake Keowee around 7 p.m. Sunday.

One of the boats was a pontoon boat. Paige Elizabeth Morrow, 26, of Kansas City, Missouri, was on board that boat and died in the collision.

Briarcliff Elementary School Principal Jonalee Searcey said in a letter to district families that Morrow was an "incredible counselor, leader and mentor."

"Whether it was advice, support, or simply a helping hand, Paige never hesitated to give generously of her time and of herself," Searcey wrote. "We are so lucky to have had Paige with us at Briarcliff for the past year and a half, and her warm and caring presence will be greatly missed by all."

Morrow was visiting family in the area.

It's not clear if others were injured or what caused the collision.

Searcey said in the letter that support will be made available for students and additional counselors will be in the building on Tuesday.

"This is a truly heartbreaking loss," she wrote. "I know that as one Briarcliff community, we will come together and support each other in spite of this tragedy."