Boy Scout killed at Newton County camp identified

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. — The Newton County Sheriff's Office identified a boy scout killed at camp on Monday.

Elijah Knight, 14, from Cypress, Texas, died when a tree fell on his tent during severe weather.

"It was a monsoon. It was pretty rough with high winds," neighbor Ben Robinson said.

Jeff Alexander with the sheriff’s office said the boy was seeking shelter from the storm at Bert Adams Scout Reservation in Covington when he was killed.


“There was some sort of weather alert and the rain started. They were making their way back the tent. He and his tent mate were actually in the tent together,” Alexander said.

Knight was one of a dozen Boy Scouts visiting the camp from all over the Southeast region for a week-long summer Scout jamboree.

He died of severe blunt force trauma to his head and chest, Alexander said.