Friends and family gathered to remember Kade Meyer, a Madison Elementary School student, on Monday night. The 7-year-old died after he was struck by an SUV while crossing the street after school on Thursday afternoon.
“A whole town is reeling,” Gardner Public Safety Information Officer Ilena Spalding told The Gardner News following the accident.
Meyer’s accidental death was the second in the Gardner Edgerton School District since the school year began. Gardner Edgerton High School student Andrew Hurd was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Aug. 23.
Kade is the youngest son of GEHS Vice Principal Mark Meyer.
According to Spalding, Meyer was not struck in the crosswalk. The accident is under investigation, and Spalding could not say whether the SUV’s driver will be charged or cited for the accident. At press time, public safety officials had not released the name of the SUV’s driver.
After the public visitation for Kade on Monday evening, community members hosted a candlelight vigil to remember the two GE students and to pray for their families.
Madison Elementary School Principal Christie Whitter described Kade as a bright and happy boy.
“…Such a joy to be around,” she said in a release. “The sadness felt today at Madison and in the community of Gardner is beyond words.”
His teacher, Brendon McIntire, said Kade was a wonderful little boy.
“Kade was a delight to have in class,” she said. “He was a typical 7-year-old boy who had lots of friends, enjoyed school and loved life and everything in it.”
According to an official statement from the school district, counselors and psychologists from all district schools are available to assist staff and students at Madison Elementary School.
“Words can not describe the sadness our district and the community of Gardner is experiencing today,” Bill Gilhaus, superintendent said in a release. “Our community is a strong and caring one and we will help and support each other through this very difficult time.”
Private funeral services for Kade will be held on Tuesday.