Dayton's Steve McElvene claps during a game against La Salle on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff HANDOUT
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8 local athletes who died too young

The community is currently grieving the loss of 20-year-old Steve McElvene, a Dayton Flyers basketball player.

McElvene, from New Haven High School, died at 11:19 a.m. Thursday, May 12, according to a spokesperson for the Allen County (Ind.) Coroners Office.

The cause of death has yet to be determined. There were no signs of foul play.

In the last two decades, the Dayton area has lost many great athletes for many different reasons.

Here are 8 local athletes gone before their time:

Steve McElvene – 2016

McElvene was a student at the University of Dayton and played center for the Dayton Flyers; he passed away on May 12.

He collapsed in his home at 11:19 a.m. According to the family, an autopsy won’t be released for several days.

It is unclear what caused his death, but it has been speculated that, like so many athletes before him, his death had something to do with his heart.

A public viewing will be held at Abundant Life Church, 3301 E. Coliseum Blvd., in Fort Wayne, Ind., from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 20.

Jason Bisko – 2014

Bisko was a starting center for Kent State University when he was found unresponsive in his dorm room by his roommate in 2014.

Attempts to resuscitate him by medical personnel were unsuccessful. The cause of death was an enlarged heart, according to the Portage County Coroner’s Office.

At Wayne High School, Bisko was a starting right tackle. He then moved on to Kent State playing as a starting center in the season before his death.

“Our players, coaches and everyone involved with our team are hurting because he was family,” said Kent State head football coach Paul Haynes in a statement. 

Kordero Hunter - 2011

Hunter was a football player for Central State University who was killed weeks after his 21st birthday.

He was at a nightclub previously called the A List (currently named Envy Ultra Lounge) on Ludlow Street in Dayton when he got involved in a dispute.

Pushing and shoving ensued and eventually a man named Jason Dashaun Shern pulled a gun and fatally shot Hunter in the abdomen and another student in the neck.

Hunter’s mother, Kim Hunter Bradley, and other members of their family started the Kordero Hunter MVP foundation which offers training in all kinds of areas (jobs, health, domestic violence), encourages constructive involvements, and includes several fun experiences.

Kacie Hausfeld – 2010

On April 1, 2010, a plane crashed at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport killing both Hausfeld and her father, Tom Hausfeld.

Hausfeld was a junior on the volleyball team at the University of Dayton.

The Hausfeld family was so grateful for all of the support from the university over the years, they recently donated $1.2 million to the volleyball program at UD.

Some of the money donated may enable UD to construct a team room for the volleyball program at the Frericks Center and name it after Kacie.

Jason Collier - 2005

Jason Collier, 28, died suddenly in October 2005 from an enlarged heart.

Collier was a 7-foot-tall basketball player who graduated from Catholic Central in Springfield and went on to be the center for the Atlanta Hawks.

According to Wikipedia, Collier led his high school team to the 1996 State Basketball Championship where he was named 1996 Ohio Mr. Basketball.

After his death, Catholic Central renamed its gym the Jason Collier Gymnasium.

A.J. Cohen – 2000

Austin Jay (A.J.) Cohen was a member of the football team at the University of Dayton in his senior year when he died in a suspicious house fire on Sunday, Dec. 10.

The fire was started from students tossing lighted wads inside of the building, and once the flames got out of control, a call was placed at 5:12 a.m. to emergency crews.

Seven housemates were able to get out of the two-story, wood-framed house.

Cohen’s body was found in a second-story bedroom.

Stacey Martin - 1998

During an exhibition soccer game in 1998, Martin, who was a junior attending the University of Dayton, collapsed at Baujan Field.

The 21-year-old, three-year starter was rushed to Miami Valley Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The team created an award they named the Stacey Martin Memorial Award in her honor.

The Flyers created this award to give to a player who shows leadership and to honor Martin’s name.

Chris Daniels - 1996

In the UD student ghetto, the 6-foot-10 Daniels went into convulsions around 4:30 a.m., Feb. 8, 1996.

The Dayton Flyers basketball player was in full cardiac arrest when the rescue squad arrived a little more than 20 minutes later. He was pronounced dead in the Miami Valley Hospital emergency room at 5:31 a.m.

Daniels passed away in his fifth year in college and during the best season of his career: in the past season, he averaged 13 points per game and was second in the nation in field goal percentage.

According to Stallion Pride, the Chris Daniels Award is the only award in any Atlantic 10 sport named in someone’s honor. It is given annually to the most improved men’s basketball player.

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