AMHERST (WKBW) It has been a tragic year for the family and friends of Alexandria Rice, the 18 year old who was struck and killed on her longboard last July, and the trial and acquittal of Dr. James Corasanti that followed.
Now those closest to the girl known as Alix hope to create a lasting imprint on the community in her name.
'Rockin For Rice,' a benefit concert in memory of Alix Rice, was held Sunday at Bassett Park in Amherst. It was a way for family and friends to gather and celebrate her life, more than a year after her tragic death.
"This really all comes from the spirit of Alix. I think she was a very positive person, and I don't think to remember her by doing anything different other than a celebration would be right," event organizer John Fulcher said.
But the event also served as a fundraiser for a permanent remembrance of Alix. T-shirts, bracelets, buttons, and raffle tickets were all sold at Sunday's concert to raise money for a skatepark to be built in her honor.
"Obviously she was killed on her longboard, so it is just fitting that we give kids who want to skate a safe place to skate," Dan Price, Alix's cousin, said Sunday.
"I guess you can go visit a statue and put flowers by it, but a skate park is a way to do something entertaining at the same time as remembering someone," John Fulcher said.
Family and friends say whether it is a T-shirt, a concert, or even a memorial skatepark, the important thing now is that Alix is not forgotten in Western New York.
"Even a year later, she is still thought about and talked about in this community and it is overwhelming to us as the family, that the community is responding this way. It's great," Price said.