EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLogan Gathers In Memory Of Teen ATV Accident Victim
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Videographer: Shelby Spradling
Reported: Jun. 23, 2014 10:29 PM EDT
Logan , Logan County , West Virginia
A community is coming together to remember a teenager killed in a weekend ATV accident.
Tyler Frye was just 14 years old and is being remembered as a fun-loving kid, who was kindhearted, and always smiling. Monday night, friends, family, and the community gathered for prayer service in his memory.
In small communities like Logan, just about everyone knows each other. Tyler Frye was an 8th grader at Logan Middle School and active in both basketball and baseball.
"Tyler was absolutely one of the happiest children I've ever coached in 14 years, and his smile would light up any room," said baseball coach Alex Perry.
So losing this 14-year-old so suddenly has left a lot of people heartbroken.
"My heart felt like it shattered just knowing i played ball with him 5 days ago, now it's just out of no where he's not gonna be here anymore," said friend Chris Nutter.
The gym at Logan Middle School was packed for a prayer vigil held in Tyler's memory, including a line of state police officers who were there to support Tyler's dad, who is a trooper. While there were a lot of tears, there were a lot of laughs and smiles, as coaches and friends shared their memories of the adventurous teen.
"Tyler was the one that could always like make you laugh when you had a bad day, or just tell a joke to keep you smiling," said friend Mollee Lawrence.
Frye also loved to hunt and fish.
"He was the kid that was in the creek, in the hills, coming down killing things. And I thought, 'Man this kid is crazy!' But as I got to kind of know him, he was so friendly and always had people over playing kickball, wiffle ball, football, swimming parties: all the time people were over there. So you knew he had friends and a big influence on others and was just absolutely a great person," said neighbor Ty Hicks.
He also liked to stand out!
"His personality and his bright shoes matched his bright hair! And if he didn't have those bright cleats on, he'd have his camouflage waders on that he'd wear to practice before he put those orange and black shoes on, and he just lit up a room wherever he was. Just very easy going. Never had a bad word to say about anyone. Loved everyone," Perry said.
And while the pain of losing Tyler isn't easy, those who knew him are grateful that in their small town, they can lean on each other for support to get through.
Several community pastors took part in the vigil and say situations like this are always a reminder to young people to be careful about the decisions they make, and to treasure friends and family.
Tyler Frye's family is still planning funeral services. We'll let you know when they are scheduled.
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