Parents of 5-year-old struck and killed by van in Springboro respond to community

Dylan Gooding
Dylan Gooding

The parents of a 5-year-old boy killed in an accident involving a van in Springboro Tuesday have written a letter to a community expressing their thanks for their support in their time of need.

The father of 5-year-old Dillon Gooding wrote this to the Community of Springboro:

To The Community of Springboro and all surrounding area's whom which this Tragedy has touched:

           I am James Gooding, I am the Father of both Tiffany and Dillon Gooding.  Constance, the mother and past wife of mine, and Myself, along with the rest of our Immediate Families would like to start off by saying this is the worst, most horrific and tragic accident, we as a family have ever had to deal with before. We definitely would like to say just how much we greatly appreciate everything the community and surrounding areas have done to show how supportive and truly wonderful people can become in a grieving families time of need.  Constance and Myself have been very overwhelmed by the circumstances of this accident and feel right now it is extremely necessary for ourselves, along with our families, to not only grieve, but help our Daughter, Tiffany and my wife's youngest son, Forrest Jr. deal with such a devastating loss. Not only in a manner that will be most beneficial for them but ourselves and our families also.  Constance witnessed the death of our son Dillon in one of  the most horrifying displays, that unfortunately, the trauma she has sustained both emotionally and spiritually, is going to definitely take her a period of time to grieve. Please understand. At this time our families have gathered together, and are getting the preparations ready to say our final good-byes, and lay our beautiful son to rest.  The community support has been most amazing, and we truly want to say "God Bless you all."

     As a Father and Mother have been stricken with the pain, and emotional stress of losing a child, we are doing our very best to provide the support needed for not only ourselves, but our families as well. "This Community is one of the most amazing places, during the hardest of times, we have been given the love, respect, and support from people from all over.  We would especially like to give our personal Thanks to the Anderson Funeral Homes, Springboro Township, and those that have been building the most beautiful of Memorials outside the family residence. 

    Our Son Dillon Patrick James Gooding will be laid to rest on Friday the 9th of September.  The Visitation will be held at Anderson Funeral Home in Springboro. Visitation will be from 9-12.  Service will be at 12pm.

     Once again we would like to say Thank you and god bless!!!!

     James Gooding ~A Father in Mourning~

Dillon's mother also wrote a letter, this one directly to her 5-year-old son:

Dear Dill Pickle,

       Sweetheart, I want you to know that I love you more than anything in this world and I miss you so much. I still can't believe that my baby boy has been taken away from me in such a tragic accident. You will always fill my heart with joy when I think of your beautiful smile and sparkling eyes. I wish I could have you in my arms hugging me so tightly, the warmth you bring my heart,and the  unconditional love between son and mother. I miss the excitement you had every waking day and the joy you brought to the whole family. You were a great brother to your younger brother, Forrest Jr and your older sister, Tiffany.I think back to all the wonderful  memories and holidays we celebrated and enjoyed together.

      As unbearable as this is, your beloved great grandmother Pierrette Nemitz passed away shortly after you were taken from me and I know that she will be in heaven looking after you. I want you to know that you will always be with me in my heart and my soul. We will always be together.

      Love always and forever, Mommy.

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