Kaiser Carlile has been laid to rest.
Several hundred people gathered at a gymnasium in Liberal, Kansas, on Tuesday to say one last goodbye tp the 9-year-old bat boy. Kaiser died on Aug. 2 after he was accidentally hit in the head by a player’s warmup swing at a Liberal Bee Jays baseball game in Wichita.
Kaiser was dressed in his blue Bee Jays uniform as his family and friends paid their respects. Among the mourners were Bee Jays players, who donned light blue shirts with “KC” on the front, the Wichita Eagle reports.
Kaiser’s parents Chad and Gayle thanked funeral attendees for their support. Chad even directed comments to the player whose practice swing killed his son.
“Thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” Chad said. “You guys have also shown a lot of support for us. Our daughter, I couldn’t express how much she loves you. I might have lost a son in this tragedy, but I feel like I’ve gained a family.”
Kaiser was running to bring a bat to a player after an out at a Bee Jays game on Aug. 1 when he was struck in the head by the batter. He died later at a hospital from his injuries.
The team, which is part of a summer college league, recently remembered the 9-year-old at a small press conference, calling him their “little spark plug.”
A group of the players postponed heading back to college in order to attend the funeral for Kaiser, the Eagle reports.
A slideshow featuring photos of the boy closed out the hour-long funeral. Near the end of the service, Pastor Rex Patty said Kaiser touched many people during his life.
“Kaiser lived well, and he lived too short,” Patty said.