Hundreds gathered Friday to celebrate the life of an 11-year-old Chandler boy who died in a watercraft crash in Utah.
Family, friends, classmates and teachers of Ethan David Law gathered at the Amberwood Park, which is adjacent to Chandler Traditional Academy’s Goodman campus, where Law attended school. They shared tears and happy memories in remembrance of an “unforgettable” sixth-grader.
Officials said Ethan was injured on Oct. 5 at Sand Hollow State Park near St. George, Utah when two personal watercrafts crashed into each other. He died from his injuries two days later.
David Law, Ethan’s dad, shared memories with those who came to celebrate the life of his son. He remarked how Ethan could easily finish reading a Harry Potter book in one day and remembered how he had been working on card tricks for the past few months as his COVID-19 pastime.
“Ethan, thank you for letting us be your parents for 11 years. You were such a blessing to our family. We will miss you dearly,” David Law said. “I love you, buddy.”
One classmate remembered him as always smiling and happy. They couldn’t even picture his face as angry or sad.
Laura Piffero-Coochwytewa, whose son was Ethan’s classmate, helped organize the vigil with other mothers in the Goodman community.
“During this crazy time, we’ve got to remember each other and the love that we have for one another,” she said.
Judy Law, Ethan’s mom, and David Law wrote in an email to the Arizona Republic they were overwhelmed with the support and love they have received from their community. The vigil was a beautiful event to remember the impact Ethan had in their lives, she said.
“Ethan will always be known for his smile.. he’s definitely smiling down on us tonight from heaven,” they wrote.
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