11-year-old Matthias Elam, who was found dead in his Abbeville home Wednesday afternoon, died of asphyxiation by hanging.
Matthias was a fifth-grader at Westwood Elementary school. Called “little man” by some for his height and precocious maturity, Elam was described as outgoing and happy by those who knew him.
“I guess that’s part of the reason why it caught us by surprise so much,” said Reuben Overholt, the coach of Matthias’ little league team, the Abbeville Tarheels. “We never would have expected it of him.” full article