A freshman at Wheaton College in Illinois was killed in a freak hammer-throwing accident while volunteering at a track meet.
Ethan Roser, a 19-year-old transfer to Billy Graham's alma mater, was volunteering at a Wheaton College track and field competition when he was struck by a hammer during the hammer throw event.
The "hammer" in hammer throw is a metal ball attached to a grip by a steel wire. Competitors spin around several times before releasing, or "throwing," it, a local TV station reports.
"We are deeply grieved, but, because of our faith in Christ, not without hope," the Christian college said in a statement.
"We know he's with Jesus," his father, the Rev. Mark Roser, said. "And the fact that he's in paradise is a great source of comfort to us."
Ethan was part of a Young Life club through his high school.
"Ethan Roser was one of our heroes. We LOVED how much Ethan cared for his Mason [Ohio] friends to learn more about the life of Jesus Christ," the club posted to Twitter after his death.
To contact us or to submit an article, click here.
Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.
It's a NEW YEAR! Get ready for a NEW YOU!
- New Year Discounts On Book Bundles & Gifts: Click Here to view all our bundles and save up to 72%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
- Go Deeper with God in a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all eight of our free courses. Topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
- Anointed Woman Of God: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
- Never Stop Praying - Prayer Changes Everything! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
- New Year - New You - Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!
Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for two years for Only $29.97 and get two free gifts. Gift #1 The Harbinger. Gift #2 The Harbinger II. Both books are by New York Times Best-Selling author Jonathan Cahn. View Offer