Officials say a Baylor University freshman died after suffering a serious injury while attempting a back flip at a dance rehearsal during the weekend.
Authorities characterized the incident as a tragic accident and identified the deceased student as 18-year-old Kevin Signo, a pre-biology student from Frisco.
Signo was at Marrs McLean Gym on the Baylor University campus Saturday evening for a meeting with the university’s Filipino Student Association, of which he was an active member, officials said.
The group was practicing traditional Filipino dances, according to Lori Fogleman, university spokeswoman.
During a break from the rehearsal, Signo attempted a back flip, she said.
Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson said Signo landed on his forehead, causing a fatal spinal injury.
He was taken by ambulance to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday and was pronounced dead about 4 a.m. Sunday.
Signo would have had his 19th birthday this month, said Peterson, who conducted the freshman’s inquest.
Visitation for Signo will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Turrentine, Jackson & Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 N. Central Expressway, in Allen.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday also at Turrentine, Jackson & Morrow.
“Kevin was a very bright, well-liked and involved student on our campus,” Fogleman said Monday.
“He had so many friends here who will miss him terribly. The deepest prayers of our campus community are with Kevin’s family and his friends during such a difficult time.”