Kamorra Campbell Obituary, Death – Authorities have identified the two South Elgin High School students slain Thursday in a collision in Bartlett and released their findings regarding the incident. According to the Kane County coroner’s office, Kamorra Campbell, 17 of Bartlett, and Tahlulay Henry, 16 of Elgin, perished. On Route 25 at Kenyon Road, a car carrying two occupants collided with a Mack tractor-trailer. The male driver of the vehicle and the female driver of the 2002 Honda Civic were transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
Tahlulay passed away at the scene, while Kamorra passed away at Sherman Hospital in Elgin. A passenger with life-threatening injuries was transported to a local hospital before being airlifted to a different hospital. Officials from the Elgin Area School District U-46 reported that her condition was stable on Friday. In an email to parents, U-46 Superintendent Suzanne Johnson identified the passenger as student Elizabet Esparza, whose condition at the hospital was described as stable. Johnson stated in the same email to parents that the district would not release the name of a fourth pupil who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
“Our hearts go out to their families and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time,” wrote Johnson. “We are here to provide support and assistance to the affected families in any way that we can.” A moment of silence was observed before the varsity football contest between South Elgin and Glenbard East on Friday night in Lombard. Bartlett police determined, based on an initial investigation, that the Honda Civic carrying the girls was traveling northbound on Route 25 when it failed to yield while turning left onto Kenyon Drive at a green light. The 1997 Mack tractor-trailer traveling south on Route 25 impacted the Civic.
The vehicle struck the car’s passenger side, according to the police. Less than one mile west of the intersection is the high school. “It is with heavy hearts that the entire Bartlett community mourns with the family and friends of the South Elgin High School students involved in Thursday’s tragic car crash,” said Bartlett Village President Kevin Wallace in a statement. “Words cannot express the agony of prematurely losing two young women. There is no doubt that they brought affection and happiness to those they touched, including teachers, classmates, friends, and family, and that they will be remembered forever.
The Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigative Team assisted the Bartlett police investigation. On Thursday, Route 25 was closed between West Bartlett Road and Graham Road for approximately seven hours. Johnson stated that the U-46 crisis team had been activated at South Elgin High School and that mourning and loss social workers and counselors would be available to assist students and faculty for as long as necessary. Eric Peterson and Alice Fabbre from the Daily Herald staff contributed to this report.