18-year-old Baylor University freshman Kevin Signo died Sunday after he hit his head while doing a backflip.
The pre-biology student from Frisno, Texas, was rehearsing traditional dances at the student gymnasium with the Filipino Students Association when he practiced a backflip and landed on his forehead. He suffered a fatal spine injury, Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson told the Waco Tribune-Herald.
"Kevin was a very bright, well-liked and involved student on our campus," Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman told Tribune-Herald. "He had so many friends here who will miss him terribly.
Kevin’s parents, Henry and Jackie Signo, said their son was an introvert in highschool, but he came out of his shell at Baylor. They said Kevin wanted to be a doctor. A registered organ donor, his eyes, skin, bones, and organs were donated.
"He knew exactly what could be used for and what was important," Jackie Signo said.
Henry Signo added that his son "knew that he would be helping others if something tragic had happened."
"We're very happy to have had him for a short time," he said. His parents plan to endow a scholarship to Baylor in Kevin’s name.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at Turrentine, Jackson & Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas. At least two busloads of Baylor students are expected to travel to Allen for the services.
Source: NBC News