TRABERT MEMORIAL: Skate park renamed

COLUMBIA CITY — Friends and family gathered Saturday at Morsches Park to honor Alex Trabert’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. Saturday’s event was not the typical somber occasion, but more “extreme.” Friends spent the afternoon sporting tricks on skateboards and bicycles while others took part in a cook out.“Alex was the definition of life. He loved it and loved skating,” said Ryan Knetter, one of Alex’s close friends. “This 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.”As friends gathered to commemorate the park in Alex’s honor, David Humes, a childhood friend, read a statement describing what Alex meant to those he knew.“Alex was a best friend. You couldn’t ask for a better friend,” Humes said. “He would do anything for you. He wanted to have fun and loved life. Whenever you were around him, you couldn’t help but smile.”The engraved sign was presented with approving applause. Alex’s mother, Carla, and father, Walter, were on hand for the unveiling and described the afternoon as “heartwarming.”“I am very proud of the kids and what they have done here.” said Carla. “Alex had a lot of friends.”The evening was capped with candle light as the group shared memories of their lost friend.“You hope that while you are here on this earth you leave a mark,” said Carla. “The group here is evidence that Alex left his mark.”See more photos from the memorial event on The Post & Mail's Facebook page.