JonPaul Gonzalez, 19, a Bluffton, South Carolina native, passed away in a tragic car crash Saturday, December 4, 2021. JP was a member of the Tormenta FC Academy for a decade, and his family has been heavily involved with the club since its founding.

According to a report from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, JonPaul was one of three people killed in the accident which occured at the intersection of Becks Ferry Road and Old Charleston Highway in Jasper County. Madison Klepesky, 18, of Pennsylvania and Herbert Parker, 34, of Hardeeville died from the accident.

JP Gonzalez Scholarship

South Georgia Tormenta FC and the Ibis Foundation have announced the formation of the JonPaul (JP) Gonzalez Scholarship, established in memory of JonPaul (JP) Gonzalez, a former Tormenta FC Academy player.

JonPaul Gonzalez
JonPaul Gonzalez Credit: Sauls Funeral Home

“JonPaul loved the game of soccer and playing for his club, Tormenta FC. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The JonPaul Gonzalez Scholarship Fund to give the opportunity for a child to play the game JP loved so much.”

Christina Galbreath-Gonzalez, mother of JonPaul

The Ibis Foundation will accept donations in memory of JP which will go towards funding one chosen TFC Academy player’s team and uniform fees each year, starting with TFC Academy’s 2022 season.

“We are absolutely heartbroken for JP and his family. A great friend, leader, and soccer player; JP stood for all that is good in growing up in an amazing family that is committed to each other’s successes. We loved having JP as a member of the Tormenta family and will forever cherish the warm memories we all made together on and off the soccer field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones, as well as everyone who’s been impacted by this tragic loss.” 

Brad Nein, Tormenta FC Academy Vice President

Tormenta FC Academy and The Ibis Foundation work together to promote the sport of soccer throughout South Georgia and the Low Country by providing resources and training opportunities to local youth at a significantly lower cost.

Sauls Funeral Home in Bluffton is in charge of the arrangements.

Grice Connect extends our condolences to the Gonzalez family, friends and his Tormenta family.