The family of a Mason High School graduate who died suddenly in an accident over the weekend hopes to continue to honor his legacy.
Ethan Roser, 19, died Saturday while he was volunteering at a track and field meet in Illinois. He was accidentally hit by a hammer during a hammer throw event.
Ethan's mother, Pat Roser, said the school called her that day to give her the news.
"It was someone who was describing what had happened to him, and his words were so incredibly final for me in that moment," Pat said.
Now, Ethan's family is only starting to heal. They are holding onto memories of the young man they said left an imprint on people all over the globe.
"He was very good at engaging people where they were at, making them feel comfortable and loved, but then he also had a real intellect," Johnathan Roser, Ethan's brother, said.
The first ten years of his life, Ethan lived in Zimbabwe where his parents were Christian missionaries.
His family said that he developed a love for soccer, but changed directions when he tore his ACL and was forced to have two surgeries.
Ethan joined Young Life in Mason and graduated from Mason High School in 2016. In January 2017, he transferred to Wheaton College from another school and decided to study ministry.
"That's where he really started to find his real passion for life for living and loving people," Nathan Roser, Ethan's brother, said.
"He wanted to share what gave him love, which was Jesus," Elisha Roser, Ethan's sister, said.
From Africa to Columbus to Chicago and beyond, there have been prayer vigils in honor of Ethan.
His family is hoping they can continue making an impact by starting a scholarship at Wheaton.
"An ability to help others who maybe need to transfer, need the encouragement.," Mark Roser, Ethan's father, said. "A scholarship fund like that would be a neat part of his legacy."
Ethan's family said that they are not upset with the person who threw the hammer that struck Ethan. They are sending the person a letter to let them know that.
"Concerning the thrower, we don't hold any ill will in our hearts towards him, and we want him to be free from any guilt or shame," Johnathan said.
The family also said that they are thankful and grateful for all of the love and support that they have received.
A memorial service in honor of Ethan will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Hope Free Church in Mason. Anyone is welcome to attend.
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