No memorials, family of boy killed in collision request
Published Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:38PM MDT
Last Updated Saturday, September 28, 2013 6:22PM MDT
The family of a six-year-old boy killed after being struck by a school bus Friday has taken to social media to issue a request.
On the Facebook page of The Community of St. Albert, Thomas Wedman's family has asked that a memorial not be created at the scene of the boy's death.
“My son and many other students from the school walk by this corner on a daily basis. I do not want those children or anyone else to have to relive this moment every day with the constant reminder,” the statement reads.
“Rather, I want people to remember him for the loveable fun loving free spirited child that he was.”
The family also thanked the community of St. Albert for their support as they grieve.
“I have been reading many of the messages and find great comfort in them.
“My son was the happiest boy in the universe. He filled our lives with pure joy every day and I am devastated that his life has been cut short.”
In a media statement issued Saturday the family added that his death left a hole in their hearts.
“Our lives will never be the same, and it will take love, faith and time to come to grips with not being able to hold him in our arms anymore.”
They have invited anyone to e-mail their memories, photos and videos of Thomas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas' heart valves will be donated to the Alberta organ donor program and the family has encouraged others to donate to the program as well.
“It is hoped that the love and happiness he always had in his heart will follow to the recipients,” the statement read.
The young boy was struck as he was crossing Woodlands Road at Sir Winston Churchill Avenue around 8:45 a.m. Friday.
Officials have said they will be looking into the safety of the intersection where the boy was killed.
“Now that this has happened, we must move with urgency to make sure this site and all sites are reviewed,” St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse said.
With files from Amanda Anderson