Family Puts Message In Balloons For Son Killed

July 6, 2012 Updated Jul 10, 2012 at 1:46 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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July 6, 2012 Updated Jul 10, 2012 at 1:46 PM EDT

Everyone who knew 14 year old Bryce Buchholz knew his bright orange BMX bike was his pride and joy.

"He just loved that bike he rode it everywhere. The people in Lancaster said 'there goes that kid on that orange bike again'," said Jane Buchholz,
Bryce's grandmother.

Bryce was riding that bike on May third down Lake Road in Lancaster when he was hit and killed by 24 year-old Michael Ettipio who plead guilty to driving drunk.

"As bad as we feel he died doing what he loved and that was riding that bike," said Jane Buchholz.

Everyone gathered at the Barnabas Athletic Association in Depew Friday for a memorial ceremony for the teenager is now joining the crusade against drunk driving, purchasing memorial bracelets and tee-shirts with a strong message.

"Don't drink and drive. I'm not saying you can't go out and have a few beers but have a plan to get home. Don't drive," said William Buchholz, Bryce's father.

The money raised from sales will be used to construct a BMX and skate park in Lancaster in memory of the teenager.

Bryce's family and friends are working hard to make the project happen.

Until then, at the memorial 14 balloons representing Bryce's age were released in the air with a special message for whomever finds them at their final destination, don't drink and drive because a 14 year old boy lost his life to it.

Ettipio will be sentenced in September for vehicular manslaughter.

For more information on how you can donate to the fund to build a new BMX park in Lancaster in Bryce's memory go to the "Newslinks" section of our website.

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