SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio - Sheffield Lake native Kelly Hunt has been on the minds of many in Lorain County after she suffered brain injuries in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan.
Five Americans died. Hunt and three others survived. The 33-year-old Brookside High School graduate is a diplomat with the U.S. State Department.
"It is always tragic when something like this happens to one of the kids no matter how long they've been out of school," said Brookside High School band instructor Dave Hildebrand.
Hildebrand kept up with Hunt on Facebook. He said he is proud of her accomplishments, working for the Environmental Protection Agency and the state department.
"I've always been afraid something like this would happen. This is her second or third tour in Afghanistan," said Hildebrand.
Hunt left her mark on Brookside High School as a member of the band. She and her classmates literally etched their names on the walls forever when they were given the task of painting the band hall.
"Kelly was a great kid. For my part, she was a great band member, had great leadership skills. She always had a lot of energy," Hildebrand said.
Hunt suffered a complex skull fracture in the roadside bombing and she's now in a medically-induced coma with her mother by her side at a military hospital in Germany.
She was on a mission working with children. The convoy she was with was en route to donate books to a school.
"From what I've heard about her she's going to come through with flying colors because it sounds like she's super strong and a super person," said Brookside High School principal Michael Cook.
Cook said he never met Hunt, but said she is someone he would like to meet.
"The consensus about Kelly is that she's just an enthusiastic person she's a go getter and she always wanted to do something for other people," Cook said.
Friends are holding a fundraiser for Kelly Hunt's family on Saturday, April 20 at Deja Vu Nightclub on Broadway in Lorain at 7 p.m.