Hundreds Celebrate Life of Santa Barbara High Poloist | Noozhawk


The untimely death of a Santa Barbara High School senior has brought together the community who celebrated the young man’s life on Saturday. Connor O’Keefe, a long-time member of the school’s water polo team, was struck and killed by a train on March 11. He was 18 years old.

More than 800 friends and family members gathered at a local junior high school to honor O’Keefe’s life. Earlier his teammates shared their memories of him with a local TV station.

O’Keefe was a key member of the SBHS water polo team that won the Channel League championship last fall before falling to Mater Dei in the first round of the CIF playoffs…

“He played hurt for the second half of the season, knowing we needed him even if it was at 50 percent,” [Coach Mark] Walsh told Noozhawk. “He truly only cared about the team and his teammates.

The official cause and manner of O’Keefe’s death is still under investigation.