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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Friends and family gathered Saturday at Morsches Park to honor Alex Trabertâ€™s memory. The skate park, located near the front of Morsches Park, will now be known as the Alex Trabert Memorial Extreme Sports Park.
Alex, a 2007 graduate of Columbia City High School, was killed Nov. 25 in a hit-and-run accident in Indianapolis.
Saturdayâ€™s event was not the typical somber occasion, but more â€śextreme.â€ť Friends spent the afternoon sporting tricks on skateboards and bicycles while others took part in a cook out.
â€śAlex was the definition of life. He loved it and loved skating,â€ť said Ryan Knetter, one of Alexâ€™s close friends. â€śThis is why we are here today. We wanted to come here to skate and ride because that is what Alex would want us to do.â€ť
As friends gathered to commemorate the park in Alexâ€™s honor, David Humes, a childhood friend, read a statement describing what Alex meant to those he knew.
â€śAlex was a best friend. You couldnâ€™t ask for a better friend,â€ť Humes said. â€śHe would do anything for you. He wanted to have fun and loved life. Whenever you were around him, you couldnâ€™t help but smile.â€ť
The engraved sign was presented with approving applause. Alexâ€™s mother, Carla, and father, Walter, were on hand for the unveiling and described the afternoon as â€śheartwarming.â€ť
â€śI am very proud of the kids and what they have done here.â€ť said Carla. â€śAlex had a lot of friends.â€ť
The evening was capped with candle light as the group shared memories of their lost friend.
â€śYou hope that while you are here on this earth you leave a mark,â€ť said Carla. â€śThe group here is evidence that Alex left his mark.â€ť
See more photos from the memorial event on The Post & Mail's Facebook page.