Community honors boy killed at truck show

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Sebastian Hizey
TACOMA, Wash. - The community gathered to pay its respects to the little 6-year old boy killed Jan. 16 in a truck show accident at the Tacoma Dome.

At a Saturday afternoon memorial service, Sebastian Hizey was remembered as an artistic, fun-loving boy whose life ended way too soon.

He was killed at the Monster Jam truck show when a piece of flying debris flew off a truck and hit him as he was enjoying the show with his family.

Members of the community crowded inside a junior high school gym in Graham to offer an emotional farewell and celebrate the life of Sebastian Hizey, who died so young.

Among all the family and friends, neighbors and strangers, there were tears, and hugs, and lingering questions of why this happened.

The mayor of Tacoma came to express his condolences.

And a few of Sebastian's classmates even mustered the courage to say a few words of goodbye, with final memories.

"The last time I saw him was ... we were waiting for the bell to ring," remembered one young boy. "And Sebastian came up and said, "Aren't you the one who spilled chocolate milk all over you?"

Mary Morley, Sebastian's kindergarten teacher, said he was "a sweet 6-year old boy."

"He did a really funny thing here a couple weeks ago," she remembered. "He had given another classmate his phone number on a sheet of paper. It was 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. And the little boy called it."

But behind the fond memories was an overwhelming sorrow - with the loss of a special child.

"He is such a sweet little boy, and precious," said Kirsten Locken, a third-grade teacher at Sebastian's school. "I'm just so sorry."