IMAGE: Carson Vincent

A local community is remembering a 17-year-old star athlete.

Superintendent Ryan Cunningham said Carson Vincent died Sunday evening from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Cunningham said Carson went to a shooting range with his stepfather and a friend of the family to target practice for upcoming hunting season. 

The two older men went to change the target, and at that point, Carson apparently shot himself.  

He was just 17 years old.

The family said the teen gave no indication of problems, according to Cunningham.

Now, the community is left shocked and heartbroken. 

"He brought our community together. Our basketball team hadn't won a conference championship in over 30 years," Cunningham said. 

According to his obituary, Carson graduated from Ovid Elsie High School with the class of 2018.

“He was very active in football, track and field and basketball. He held many records at the school including, field goal percentage, over 1000 points and the second highest scoring player in Ovid-Elsie's basketball history,” according to the obituary.

Basketball coach Josh Latz said Carson was not just a great player, he was a great person. Latz said he's going to miss him a lot. 

"The biggest one is his personality. He was one of the most well-liked kids you can imagine. Looked up to by countless kids K-12. Everyone knew who he was and he was really warm to talk to them and to give them high fives. Do all the little things to make their day," Latz said. 

Carson attended Mid Michigan College in Mt. Pleasant where he was also a member of the basketball team.

Cunningham said grief counselors will be on site at the schools all week. 

A memorial service is being held at the Ovid Elsie High School Gym on Friday, September 21 at 12:30 P.M.

If you or anyone you know may be suffering from suicidal thoughts, please know you are not alone. 

There are plenty of resources to help. 

You can call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 800-273-8255 or Saginaw County Mental Health Authority at 989-792-9732. 

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