Mariemont community gathers to remember life of teen killed in March
Collin Barton (Source: Terrace Park Police)
TERRACE PARK, OH (FOX19) -
A memorial was held Saturday at Mariemont's Terrace Park in honor of Collin Barton who died after being hit by a car last month.
Barton was struck while walking along Wooster Pike, but his body wasn't found until two days later.
Hundreds of friends and family gathered at the memorial. Bren Fries, a family friend, says it was a chance for the community to share stories about Collin. "This is a celebration of Collin's life, the kind of unique young man that he was and that is memory is with us and will be with us," said Fries.
Fries says the community shares the Barton family's grief. "There's no doubt it's been an unbelievable loss. We're here embracing the Bartons and they know that we're with them every step of the way and really celebrating who he is is what this has been about for us," he said.
There was music Collin loved along with his artwork. Fries says the teenager embraced life. "A unique young man who loved the outdoors, who loved life, who loved to explore, really creative, really funny and so that's what a lot of stories in there are about," he said.
He says the memorial was also about processing the loss. "This is something that you'll never get fully past, but the love and the affection for Collin. The outpouring of support from the community I know it means so much to them and it has definitely helped," said Fries.
Earlier in the day family and close friends gathered at the accident site. Fries says it was very solemn. "The Bartons said some very moving things to us and we each threw hundreds upon hundreds of flowers into the river," said Fries.
The family has asked that the site of the accident not be memorialized and that any donations be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma society.
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