Human Interest Iowa Boy, 12, Dies After Falling Off Homecoming Parade Float in 'Horrible and Tragic Accident' The school district's superintendent identified the boy as Kage McDonald By Dan Heching Dan Heching Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 27, 2021 09:05 PM Share Tweet Pin Email The family of a 12-year-old junior high school student in Sloan, Iowa, is grieving after a tragic accident last week. Kage McDonald reportedly fell off of a parade float during his school's homecoming parade on Friday, the Sioux City Journal reported. The Woodbury County Sheriff Department was called to Westwood Community School around 2 p.m., the outlet reported, but details of the accident were not shared. Kage was airlifted to Sioux City's MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center, where he later died. Kage's death leaves his family and school community grieving. Mom of 2 Fighting for Her Life After Being 'Engulfed in Flames' in 'Horrific' Sanding Accident School district superintendent Jay Lutt shared a statement describing Kage as having an "enormous heart." "Our condolences and thoughts go out to the family," his statement said. "Kage had an enormous heart and I enjoyed every interaction I had with him." "He was a tough kid who worked hard at everything he did," Lutt said. "He will be missed by all who knew him." RELATED VIDEO: TikTok Star Timbo the Redneck Dies in Truck Stunt Accident, Says 'Broken' Mom Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. The statement went on to say that a gathering was held in Kage's memory that evening at the entrance to the football field. Westwood's homecoming game against nearby Hinton was postponed from Friday to Saturday. Kage had been a player on the junior high football and cross country teams, SiouxLandProud.com reported. Lutt and the Woodbury County Sheriff Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. 5abc 9 Injured After Boston Escalator Malfunctions as Witness Recalls Seeing 'Blood Everywhere' Kage's aunt, Tiffney McDonald, wrote on Facebook Friday confirming that the victim of the "horrible and tragic accident is our nephew, Kage McDonald." "Our family is in total and complete shock and we just simply ask for prayers right now," she wrote. Community member Kendra Jorgensen launched a GoFundMe campaign to help cover funeral costs for the McDonald family. The initial fundraising goal of $3,000 has been far surpassed, with more than $28,000 raised as of Monday.