Fund est. for athlete killed in Tampa plane crash

By Allison Bybee - email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

STUART, FL (WFLX) - The family of the 15 year old who died in a Tampa plane crash last week is making sure he won't be forgotten. They're making sure his love of football is passed on to other athletes well into the future.

This is the way Tyler McLellan's brother recalls a talented 15 year-old, "Loving, goofy funny, athletic, always trying to help someone out. He wasn't worried about himself too much".

Now, Monday, just four days after the plane crash that killed his brother, Kevin and his father are doing something to make sure no one forgets Tyler. Kevin McLellan Sr. said, "By doing this, this is something that is going to keep Tyler in everybody's mind."

The father/son pair have started a scholarship fund for the Martin County High School football team. Tyler was only a freshman, but dedicated to the sport and planned to play this next school year. He would have been a sophomore.

Since, Tyler loved the sport so much, the family started a foundation through Riverside Bank. All of the money will go to help pay for pregame meals and equipment for kids who can't afford cleats or special helmets. "When they walk into that gym to workout, whether it is five years from now or six months from now or even 10 years from now, they will see Tyler's picture on that plaque, and they will say, 'Who is that kid?' And they are going to know who Tyler McLellan was," said McLellan Sr.

The funeral service for Tyler is set for Tuesday at 3 PM at the Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church in Stuart.

To donate to the Tyler McLellan Foundation, call the toll-free number at Riverside Bank at 1-800-741-3283.