100 Carolers Comfort Grieving Parents of Teen Who Died on His 14th Birthday
A Christmas carol hit home for a grieving family.
The town of Payson, Utah, came together in song Tuesday evening to comfort the family of late Mt. Nebo Jr. High student Adam Renik, who was killed while crossing the street on his 14th birthday on Monday.
More than 100 community members – many young friends of Adam – gathered outside the Renik’s house to sing seasonal carols to the grieving family.
“I think he is very worried about his family right now, from the other side He loved music, loved to play the cello, he was a talented guy,” Adam’s pal Caleb Bahr told Fox 13 Now.
Another friend, Nathan Lauber, described his buddy as “a sensitive guy.”
“He always stood up for anybody in need [he] was always there for anybody in need,” Nathan told the news station.
Adam, who had celebrated his birthday Sunday evening, was hit by two cars driving in different directions as he walked to school around 7 a.m. on Monday morning.
A memorial was set up for the middle school student along Utah Avenue, where the the collision occurred.
Adam, who had dreamed of becoming a Eagle Scout one day, was described by his scout master as “a wonderful example.”
“Adam was… a great kid, just one of the most amazing kids I knew,” Steven Keele told Fox 13 Now.
Funeral services for Adam will be held Monday morning.