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Teen electrocuted, 3 others injured after contact with power line on school roof in Herndon

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HERNDON, Va. -

The Fairfax County teenager electrocuted Tuesday night while climbing to the roof of Fox Mill Elementary School may have died while trying to help one of his friends. That is according to the father of Bennett Rill.

His father, Derick Rill, said police officers have conveyed that information to him.

Police say Bennett Rill, 14, died at the school. His three friends, who also climbed up to the roof, survived but were hospitalized. At least two of the three have now been discharged from the hospital.

Bennett’s father says he is not surprised his son came to the aid of a friend.

“He helped me teach Sunday school,” said Derick Rill. “Some of it was for getting the [community service] hours, but after he had gotten the hours, he kept coming. I’d ask him if he’d like to go with me in the morning, and several times he did it without even blinking. He wanted to go.”

Bennett Rill was an “A” level student, and a superior football and basketball player, looking forward to his freshman year of high school. Devastated friends gathered this afternoon for an impromptu memorial service at Rachel Carson Middle School, from which Bennett had just graduated.

The police investigation of the teen’s death continues.


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