Parents of boy killed in crash talk about their son's life

Jaclyn Brandt

Photo: Image by Larry & Kirsten McCollum

Parents of boy killed in crash talk about their son's life

By Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED Oct 17, 2013

KENOSHA - The parents of the five-year-old boy killed in a drunk driving crash last week are opening up about their son Bailey. They released a statement about Bailey's life and what he meant to them and so many other people.

Bailey was full of life! He played sports, loved the outdoors and loved to learn. He was a good friend to all he met, gentle, thoughtful, and kind. His smile lit up a room. We were so blessed to have him fill our hearts with love for nearly six years.

We are thankful that over the past year we were able to share so many experiences with him: Bailey’s first Packer game. We tailgated before the game – brats and burgers, threw the football around in the parking lot, and he finally got the foam finger that he had been wanting for so long. We took a trip to the Mall of America, where Bailey loved riding the rollercoasters and the log chute. Our annual trip to the Wisconsin State Fair, eating cream puffs, cheese on a stick and enjoying the Giant Slide. Camping on Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Bailey had a strong faith and this year sang with his dad at the Saturday night service at church.

We would like Bailey’s legacy to be how he lived, not how he died.

We would like to thank our family, friends and the entire community for their outpouring of love, support and prayers. We would not have been able to give Bailey the Celebration he deserved without our entire community’s generosity. Many people have told us in the past week that they have a renewed faith in people because of what they have witnessed this week.

Live, Love, Have Faith

- By Larry & Kirsten McCollum