EMPORIA (KSNT) – Emporia State Athletics confirmed on social media Thursday morning that the 20-year-old killed in a motorcycle accident in Council Grove on Wednesday was Jordan Kelly, a former Emporia State cheerleader.
“It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of one of our own in the Hornet Cheer Family. Jordan passed away early this morning after a motorcycle accident. Jordan was a member of the 2019-2020 ESU Cheer Squad. Jordan was a kind, sweet, and caring individual. She was an amazing and talented teammate, and we will always be grateful for the joy she brought to our squad each day. We will miss her tremendously. We extend thoughts and prayers to all of Jordan’s friends and family as they grieve the loss of this amazing young woman”Emporia State Athletics
Kelly was a member of the 2019-20 ESU Cheer Squad, and a junior nursing major from Council Grove.
Angela Nunley is in her 11th year of coaching and coached Kelly in the last squad before the pandemic.
“I was hoping for the opportunity to get her to cheer again,” Nunley told KSNT.
Nunley, who described herself as being in shock, said Kelly brought “joy to your life,” and was grateful to have an opportunity to coach her.
“She always had a smile on her face, and was always willing to help,” the former coach said. “You could count on her to make you smile, her smile, it was who she was.”
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol the crash happened at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Kelly was on a bike with a 28-year-old Hamilton Max Byram, who also died.
Emporia State University President Allison Garrett sent her sympathies in a statement Thursday morning.
I am deeply saddened to share with you the passing of Jordan Kelley, a junior nursing major and member of the ESU Cheer Squad from Council Grove. Words cannot adequately express our thoughts at a time like this.
Our campus is a community of compassion and caring, strength and support. We offer Jordan’s family, friends, classmates and the entire ESU community our deepest sympathies and support during this difficult time.Allison D. Garrett