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4-Year-Old Killed Leaving UK Game Is Honored As ‘Superhero’

Posted at 12:46 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-24 18:40:04-04

CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– He was a hero, according to all who knew him. At the end of his life, his family made the brave decision to donate his organs and as he was wheeled down the hallway, doctors and nurses gave him a superhero salute.

On Monday, family and friends gathered to say goodbye to 4-year-old Marco Shemwell.

Shemwell was killed outside of last week’s UK football game.

Those close to Marco Shemwell have gathered for his funeral around noon at Calvary Christian Church in Winchester.

Marco was walking on Cooper Drive with his dad when he was hit by a car last Saturday. The car was allegedly driven by a UK freshman who was driving under the influence.

Marco’s visitation was held Sunday at Calvary Christian Church.

Not only were family and friends there, but also the UK Football team and even Marco’s favorite superhero, Batman.

The pastor of the church says the family hopes to carry on Marco’s positive spirit.

“They coined a phrase a ‘Marco moment’ which is when you’re in an experience maybe complaining or looking at the negative things in life and if you remember the life of Marco, and it changes your perspective, it gives you a bigger picture and you’re able to view the positive things–the things that you’re grateful for,” said Pastor Mike McCormick.

The football team and coaching staff will serve as honorary pallbearers at Marco’s funeral.