BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The family of two little boys killed in a suspected drunk-driving crash hoped their funeral Wednesday would be a reminder of how precious their boys were to them.
Investigators say Khaiden Ramsey, 6, and his brother Sam Shropshire, 4, were killed when a drunk driver plowed into a group of people standing on the side of the LA 447 in Walker. The family had stopped to attend to an accident that police say was caused by another man driving drunk.
However, the funeral – a celebration of life - was meant to recognize two young men for the accomplishments made during a very brief period.
Khaiden's biography read like that of a little man well on his way. He was a proud participant of the foreign language immersion program, on the principal's list, honor roll and recently placed second in a state chess tournament.
His little brother Sam believed in tucking in his shirts, so much so that sometimes Sam would also tuck in his jacket too. Sam wanted to grow up to be either a police officer or Spider-Man.
While it has been said that parents should never have to bury their children, elementary school children should also never have to act as honorary pallbearers at a classmates' funeral. The children's pet fish, D.J. was also listed as an honorary pallbearer further symbolizing the young lives lost.
"It is a difficult moment by no stretch of the imagination," said Pastor John Montgomery III to the packed house at the Greater King David Baptist Church. "All of us have experienced death, but not always on this level and in this way. I think the blessing is in knowing they are rooted, grounded in the Lord and that these children had the precious opportunity of growing up in a godly home and having shared ministry and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ."
Investigators arrested and charged Travis Rose, 50, of Denham Springs and Jerry Ervin III, 26 of Holden in connection with the crash.