HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Described by friends as “a kind, compassionate young man who loved life, his family, soccer, and his teammates,” former Marshall University soccer player, James Campbell was killed, along with four others in a fiery vehicle accident in Spartanburg, South Carolina, early Sunday morning.
Campbell played his first two seasons of collegiate soccer at Marshall University, however, at the persistence of Kyle Juell, a high school friend, the Thundering Herd athlete transferred to the University of South Carolina Upstate in January of this year.
“James always had a smile on his face. He just loved life and he loved people,” said Shawn Campbell, James’ father.
As a soccer player at J.L. Mann High School in Greenville, James led his team to a 3A State Championship in 2010 and a 4A title in 2012.
USC Upstate head men’s soccer coach Greg Hooks said, “James joined our team as a transfer and he added a lot to the program. He was a very hard working and intense player whose competitiveness made those around him play harder. Most importantly he was a great young man who will be missed very much.”
“Anything and everything reminds me of James,” Juell said. “It was spur of the moment kinds of things that made just about everything and every situation with him funny.”
A resident of Greenville, James was a junior at USC Upstate where he majored in business administration (accounting). He was a member of Brookwood Church.
USC Upstate Chancellor Tom Moore said, “There are no words to describe this loss to the USC Upstate family and no way to comfort the grieving families who have lost their loved ones. This tragedy will have tremendous impact on the Upstate community, individually and collectively.”
USC Upstate held a candlelight vigil on Monday, October 12 at 7 p.m. in the soccer stadium.
Campbell’s former team in Huntington, remembered the young athlete, posting the following message on Twitter Sunday evening:
“Marshall University Athletics extends its deepest sympathies to the friends and family of former Men’s Soccer player James Campbell… our thoughts and prayers go out to the USC Upstate campus and the families of the three other students killed in the crash, as well as those touched here at Marshall.”
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