Service scheduled for 12-year-old drowning victim |

Service scheduled for 12-year-old drowning victim

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A memorial service for 12-year-old Keegan Carovich has been set for Friday afternoon.

Carovich, a Seven Hills Middle School student, drowned Saturday in the South Yuba River.

The boy was swimming at the river downstream of the Highway 49 bridge with Tessa, his 14-year-old sister; Michael Lopin, his best friend since kindergarten; and Lopin's father, Greg. He apparently got caught in an undercurrent in some rapids and was underwater for approximately seven minutes before he could be pulled free. His rescuers attempted CPR, but the massive effort proved unsuccessful.

Keegan's mother, Shannan O'Shea, described her son on Sunday as a "shooting star" who touched many people's lives.

His memorial will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church at 202 Nevada St. in Nevada City, said Tessa Carovich.

"Anyone is welcome to attend," she said.

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"It's casual," Carovich said, adding that due to the heat, she didn't want those who attend to feel that they had to wear black or formal attire.

The service will be inside and food will be provided after the service, Carovich said.

A fund has been set up at Bank of America to help Keegan's family. Any local branch will accept donations to the Keegan Carovich Shooting Star Fund, Tessa Carovich said.

Carovich said that anyone with questions about the service or the fund can call her at 913-0155.

The Nevada City School District had scheduled two counseling sessions to help its students and staff cope with Keegan's death, said Board of Trustees President Michael Hill-Weld.

The first session will be during the afternoon of July 11, and the second counseling session will be offered during the afternoon of Aug. 12. Both sessions will be at the Seven Hills school. Counseling will be provided by district and county Behavioral Health staff. Students, parents and staff are invited to attend either or both of these sessions.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, e-mail or call 530-477-4229.

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