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Sunflowers in Jarrettsville raising money for family of teen killed

Posted at 2:56 PM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 23:25:35-04

A popular fall tourist attraction in Harford County is raising money to help the family of a 16-year-old that was killed after being hit by a car earlier this week. 

A week ago, 16-year-old Kyle Lynam was out at the Jarrettsville Sun Flower Field volunteering with his boy scout troop selling pit beef.

On Tuesday the Northern Harford High School student was running after his school bus when a truck hit and killed him.

“No one’s ever prepared for a death like this, it’s very hard and it’s hard financially for a family, as a pastor I know that,” Melissa Mcdade said.

Mcdade helps to run the Sunflower Field where Lynam was volunteering.

They are helping the family with funeral costs.

“Already folks have started to donate as they came through today, we’re putting that money aside to go towards Tuesday’s amount that we give the family. We’re glad that we’re able to do something however small it might be.”

At the heart of the 20 acres and over 600,000 sunflowers a spirit of giving to a family in mourning.

“We’ve helped folks in tragic situations pay their mortgage and buy food,” Mcdade said. “Wherever we could help we helped destination imagination team from a local elementary school go to nationals.”

The giving spirit spread across the street to the Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli.

The owner of the creamery Bill Stevenson said when he and his wife hear what happened they wanted

“Obviously it was a shock and a sudden tragic thing that happened,” Stevenson said. “Those types of things always hit people hard especially when you have a young man like Kyle who was a good kid. It’s definitely a loss to the community and he’s going to be missed by his friends and family.”

A family and community mourning—leaning on each other for strength.

Next Tuesday, the sunflower fields are hoping to bring light to such a tragic situation by hosting a fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. to raise money to help Lynam's family with funeral expenses. 

For more information click here to be directed to the Facebook event page.