Donations help family pay for teen's funeral

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 7/01/2013 3:38 pm Published: 6/28/2013 4:41 pm

The family of 15-year-old Caleb Elliott continues to struggle with the grief eight days after he was killed in a car crash.

Thanks to donations, the teen's funeral was paid for and they continue to raise money to pay for a grave marker.

Elliott was killed last Thursday when a truck T-boned his mother's car in the intersection of 11th and Memorial.

His mother is now out of the hospital and told FOX23 why the family called Caleb their miracle.

Caleb was born with a rare heart defect and wasn't expected live more than a few days. He lived exactly 15 years to the day, until he was killed in a car crash.

Now his family is struggling to let him go, especially since they're having trouble laying him to rest.

"He was taken way too early," said George Elliott, Caleb's father.

"His life is something that truly is a demonstration to others on how to live. He overused 'I love you' and he was always there," said his sister, Rebecca Elliott.

His family holds each other, fighting back tears over the memories.

"I'd say 'I love you Billy.' He'd say 'I love you too, Mom.' I'd say 'I love you more.' He'd say 'that's impossible,'" said his mother, Cynthia McBride.

McBride will never forget that day.

"He was so excited. I woke him up jumping on him. 'Hey, it's your birthday, birthday boy,'" she said.

"He said 'can we go to Walmart and get my cake now? I want to pick it out now, mom,'" she said.

But they didn't make it.

"I remember feeling the impact. And the first thing I did was hold my baby's head in my hands and say 'please, wake up for Mommy. Please,'" she said.

On Friday, his family gathered at his favorite place to honor him.

"He loved to play here at Penny Park a lot. And he did come here a lot," his mother told FOX23

On Saturday, they laid him to rest at Floral Haven, after raising enough money to cover costs through donations.

Caleb had special needs.

"I couldn't work. I had to keep him with me at all times," said his mother.

"Right now, Home Depot has raised $3,000, from Lawton, Okla.," said Caleb's father.

"They can send me the ticket. I don't care, I'll pay them back. I just need it now," said his father.

The Elliott family asked people to send donations directly to Floral Haven to help pay for the funeral. Any money raised outside of their costs will be held in a fund for other families in similar situations.

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Mayor Maynot - 6/28/2013 5:51 PM
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Very unfortunate circumstances for this family. Condolences
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