Remembering Kwentyn Wiggins
Dear Students and Branson Community,
I write today with heartbreaking news. One of our rising seniors, Kwentyn Wiggins, was killed in a single car accident early this morning in Corte Madera. There are no words to describe how devastating this loss is for our Branson community.
Kwentyn was a bright light; his warm smile, wide grin and radiance enveloped all who crossed his path. His skills in the classroom, on the court, and on the stage captivated our hearts and minds, and his spirit and character inspired everyone around him. He was truly beloved, and it is hard to imagine day-to-day life at Branson without him.
Our tight Branson family is reeling from this tragic news. In times of profound sadness, it is important for our community to grieve together and to love and support one another as we come to terms with this incomprehensible loss. To that end, we are organizing a candlelight vigil for tonight, Monday, June 10, at 8 p.m. for all students, parents, and community members who would like to come. We will console one another, share memories of Kwentyn, and simply be together. I think it is fitting to hold the vigil on the football field, a place where Kwentyn shined and where so many of us cheered him on as he sprinted down the field for yet one more touchdown. Tonight we will be there for him, as he was there for Branson on so many occasions.
In addition to the vigil tonight, we will have grief counselors from the Bay Area Community Resources group available in the library beginning tomorrow:
- Tuesday, June 11 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 12 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Additionally, our school counselor Kim Fahlen will be on campus this week and available to talk as needed. Kim will be in the Commons and students can call or text her at 415-205-4034.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Kwentyn's family; his father Orlando, his mother La Tanya, his sister Jaliyah '22, all his siblings, and his large and loving extended family. They will need our love and support during the coming months, and I know that I can count on this community to fold them into our collective arms.
As plans for services and other support are finalized, we will communicate them to you right away. In painful moments such as this, I am often comforted by a quote by Helen Keller: "What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." Kwentyn is and will remain in our hearts as a part of each of us, now and always.
Head of School