Oct 5, 2013 6:47 PM by Nathan O'Neal
TUCSON - It's been nearly a week since the accident that ultimately claimed the life of a 7-year-old boy - but Saturday, family, friends and the community took a moment to grieve for a life taken too early.
Simon Foster was in a crosswalk with his dad and 5-year-old sister last Sunday when they were hit by a car at Alvernon and Speedway. Simon died from his injuries on Thursday, his father had minor injuries but his sister wasn't hurt.
At the corner of Alvernon and Speedway, you'll find a patch of sidewalk overcome with disbelief and sadness.
"It's hard for me to see all these people that loved him and now he's gone," said Melendez Perez, who was Simon's school teacher.
Surrounded by a crowd of a cross-section of the community, Patricia Wyman had a special place in her heart for her cousin.
"I'm not surprised by how many people are here because he's touched so many lives," Wyman said.
For his mother and father - no words could offer comfort.
"That was my boy...I don't want to believe this is real," Don Foster said.
While 7-year-old Simon Foster's life was cut short, family and friends hold on to faith that he lived how one should live.
"He was a very special boy to us... you know he had a one-in-a-million smile," Wyman said.
Perez placed a framed piece of paper - the last journal entry Simon wrote while in school, which was a testament to his warm heart.
"[It was] about being kind and how if people get hurt we should help people that get hurt and that's what makes a kind person," Perez said.
That's a message the people in Simon's life won't soon forget.
If you'd like to help the family out with expenses, you can go to any Wells Fargo bank and donate to the Simon James Foster Memorial, Account #1853058475.