DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Hundreds of people gathered on Thursday morning to pay their respects to a 13-year-old boy who was killed last week in a violent car crash. Ethan Vasquez was in his mom’s vehicle when a stolen minivan slammed into the family’s car. Vasquez’s funeral was held Thursday at Lakeside Baptist Church along Garland Road in Dallas.
More than 300 people attended a memorial service for Vasquez on Wednesday night.
The young victim was the son of Cedar Hill police sergeant Victor Vasquez. He thanked everyone for their support on Wednesday, and said that he wants others to see why his son was loved so much. “This is a glimpse of someone I loved,” he said. “I loved him with all of my heart.”
“You can’t help but love him,” the father continued. “He has an infectious laugh and his smile will melt your heart. You’ll never forget him.”
The child’s mother, who was also inside of the car at the time of the crash and was severely injured, is now out of the hospital.
The men accused of driving the stolen vehicle in the hit-and-run car crash are now in custody in Florida, awaiting extradition back to Texas.
“I have no words to express the loss that our family is suffering at the moment,” the boy’s father said. “I will tell you this, I appreciate everybody, my family and people I don’t even know, for supporting us and helping us through this.”
A police motorcade — made up of officers from the Dallas Police Department and the Cedar Hill Police Department — escorted the casket to the church on Thursday morning, along with the family. A large contingency of DFW police officers also arrived to support the Vasquez family at the funeral, as did many of the teen’s friends.
Ethan Vasquez was a seventh-grade student who was involved in theater and debate. The family said that he was also known for making poorly drawn dinosaurs. Loved ones at the funeral on Thursday shared many precious stories about the child taken too soon.
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