Boy Killed at Summer Camp Identified

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014  |  Updated 1:33 PM EDT
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A group of camp kids in Maryland were having a Bible study when they suddenly found themselves running for their lives. On Wednesday, we learned a 12-year-old boy was the child killed as the storms blew in.  The tragedy in Carroll County has many parents wondering about the safety of their own children's summer camp. News4's Chris Gordon reports.

Chris Gordon

A group of camp kids in Maryland were having a Bible study when they suddenly found themselves running for their lives. On Wednesday, we learned a 12-year-old boy was the child killed as the storms blew in. The tragedy in Carroll County has many parents wondering about the safety of their own children's summer camp. News4's Chris Gordon reports.

A boy who died at a Maryland summer camp when a tree fell on him during a severe windstorm has been identified as 12-year-old Justin Nicholas Diggs.

A statement released by the camp Friday night said Diggs attended Pikesville Middle School, where he was an honor student.

Diggs was born in Baltimore on Nov. 26, 2001. He died on Tuesday at River Valley Ranch summer camp in Manchester, Maryland, when a severe storm downed several trees on a path where more than 100 children, including Diggs, were walking. Eight other children were injured.

"He loved to swim, play basketball and loved being outside enjoying extreme activities, such as, ziplining, bungee jumping and anything adventurous,'' the statement said. ``He also loved to draw.''

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