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Who was Kellen Bischoff? Hellfire drummer, 19, crushed to death after he climbed into a recycling truck

Bischoff's remains were found at the Total Recycling Facility in Birdsboro after the truck made its stop on Saturday, November 12, 2022
UPDATED NOV 16, 2022
Kellen Bischoff was a drummer in a local band called Hellfire (Obituary-Maxwell-Tobie Funeral Home)
Kellen Bischoff was a drummer in a local band called Hellfire (Obituary-Maxwell-Tobie Funeral Home)

KUTZTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA: A drummer, 19, from New Jersey was crushed to death after climbing into a dumpster which was emptied into a recycling truck and compressed. According to the officials, Kellen Bischoff, of Manahawkin crawled into the recycling truck after leaving a party. His remains were found at the Total Recycling Facility in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, after the truck made its stop Saturday morning, November 12, 2022. 

According to, Bischoff was a drummer in a local band called Hellfire and had been visiting a relative in Kutztown in Berks County. The local DA’s office said that Kutztown Police Department was informed about his sudden disappearance. He was last seen early Saturday after he left an off-campus party near Kutztown University. Surveillance video showed that he climbed into the dumpster in the back of a Dollar Tree. It was eventually emptied into the recycling truck and taken to the facility where his body was found.


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According to The Daily Voice, Bischoff was identified by the police from his tattoos. An autopsy determined his cause of death on Monday, November 14, 2022, and found no signs of foul play on his body. A toxicology report is pending results.

Bischoff’s friends and bandmates launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the family with funeral expenses. “Kellen was the drummer in our band Hellfire and was a dear friend of all of ours,” they wrote, adding, “He was very dedicated and passionate about music and our band.” 


MEAWW previously reported that Rachael Mary Skelton, 30, a singer and actress, died in an unfortunate accident after her grandmother's friend mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake and crushed her. She was at her grandmother's driveway, crouching as the events unfolded, and breathed her last in less than an hour because of the subsequent head injury. Joan Daphne Buckett, 88, was driving her automatic Toyota Yaris down the driveway when she pumped the accelerator. Even though Hampshire police attempted to press charges of gross negligence, manslaughter, and death by careless driving, the Crown Prosecution Service waved the possibility off since the accident was not on a public road. Rachael was brutally crushed between the car and the fence, and Buckett gave a "weird", blank expression as she stood there. The latter had also hit Rachael's mother when she lost control of her driving. She had come there to meet Rachael's grandmother in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight, who has been her friend since 1967. Rachael was visiting her grandmother's place to paint furniture for her new home. She was soon about to move in with her boyfriend in their new space. The police revealed that no mechanical failure disturbed the car, and the driver could not have lost control.