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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Hundreds of family and friends gathered at the Lakewood Baptist Church in Dallas to say good-bye to 13-year-old Ethan Vasquez, son of Cedar Hill Police Sergeant Victor Vasquez.

There was joy mixed with tears as mourners remembered Ethan as a sensitive, brilliant, but sometimes mischievous teen.

Accompanied by the traditional “Amazing Grace,” Ethan’s life was documented by family tributes, and by a montage of pictures and video of his life.

“His sense of wonder was never weighed down by the cruelty of the world,” said brother Christian Vasquez adding, “I wish that I could just see him just for a moment.  I don’t even know what I would say.  But seeing him would just be enough.”

Sisters Christina and Valerie Vasquez added their memories. “Today, I don’t want to say good-bye to Ethan I want to say, ‘See you later,’ because I know I’m going to see him again,” said Christina.

Valerie Vasquez called Ethan the glue that held the family together.  “Even though he’s gone now, that effect  on our family is going to last forever. He’s never going to be gone.”

Ethan’s father recalled taking him to the State Fair last fall, even though Cedar Hill police Sgt. Victor Vasquez was still recovering from a painful operation at the time. “And those are the thing I look at right now, that I have to hold on to.  But that’s how special he was. That’s how much I loved him.”

Ethan died nine days ago when a mini-van fleeing police broadsided the car his mother was driving.  Sandy Vasquez left the hospital just yesterday but bravely attended today’s service.

Dallas police motorcycles escorted Cedar Hill police to Ethan’s final resting place. But not, probably, the end of their pain. “For most of us we look at funerals as kind of a piece of closure but for the family this is really just the beginning,” said Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke.  “As they carry this incredible weight  of emptiness, I’d ask you to keep them in their [sic: your] prayers.”

Two men accused of being in the van that killed Ethan were captured in Florida…. and are awaiting extradition to Dallas to face capital murder charges.

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