Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate and honor the life of Jeremy McSpadden Jr, the teenager who was killed when a bus ran over him while he was working at the Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser, Idaho earlier this month.
While the Spokane Valley community has been grieving over the unexpected and tragic loss of Jeremy, on Wednesday night, there were only smiles.
"Everybody's laughing and having fun and that's what this was supposed to be, a celebration," said Robin Moritz, Jeremy's aunt. She explained he was the smartest, goofiest kid she knew.
"He never ever left my home -- and he was there every day�-- without saying, 'I love you, Aunt Robin,' and that, to me, was what made Jeremy, Jeremy," she said.
Jeremy was one of more than 50 cousins. The family is a tight-knit group with deep roots in Spokane Valley.
"He means the world to me," said Josh Foster, one of the cousins.�"Jeremy was my best friend. He was my brother. He was like my other half."
Josh said he's grateful so many people showed up to the memorial fundraiser, but hopes Jeremy's legacy won't be forgotten.