Family prays their tragedy will help save others

By Katherine Tellez

May 7, 2014 Updated May 7, 2014 at 11:29 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A Peoria neighborhood came together Wednesday night to remember the life of 11-year-old Trever Chick.

He was declared brain dead earlier this week after he was hit by a pick-up.

It happened Monday morning in the 1500 block of Monroe Street.

The boy was walking to school when he cut between two parked vehicles, right into oncoming traffic.

The area where Chick was hit was overflowing with family, friends and classmates Wednesday night... all celebrating Trever's life.

So many people came out that police had to shut down a stretch of Monroe for about an hour.

"It means a lot to me. And it means a lot to Trever," Trever's mom, Tracey Corey said of the turnout for the vigil.

More than 100 people gathered, sharing memories and spreading awareness so it doesn't happen again.

"These are our kids, I truly believe that we need to look out for each other's kids. Not really place a blame, but accept responsibility," said Trever's Uncle, Wayne Wickware. "Unfortunately you have to use events like this to bring awareness, but awareness produces change.

"I love these kids just as if they were mine," Corey said. "That's why I always tell all these kids, 'make sure you watch.' It's hard... But I'm going to get through it. Minute by minute, day by day. I know he's with me, he'll always be with me."

Trever is remembered as an outgoing and active child, who cared for everyone.

His family is donating Trever's organs so that some good will come out of this tragedy -- they know that's what he'd want.

"That way not only his memory, but some of his organs will live on and help other children," Wickware said.

And Trever's mom says she knows he was looking down watching the vigil -- and can hear him say "look at all those people."

Trever was going to start practicing with the Lincoln JV Track team this week.

Now the team is dedicating the rest of the season in his memory.

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