Growing memorial, vigil honor life of 12-year-old killed during chase

Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
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Sammy Lee, 12 (Source: Family)
Sammy Lee, 12 (Source: Family)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A growing memorial and vigil honor the life of the 12-year-old boy who died after he was struck by a vehicle that was fleeing police.

The community has wrapped its arms around the family of Sammy Lee, who died while trying to cross the street Wednesday night on Old Hammond Hwy. at the intersection with Gloria Dr. A vigil will be held at this location Thursday evening at 6 p.m.

Blue balloons, Sammy's favorite, along with flowers, and a cross sit near the location where he died.

Family members say being the youngest of four siblings, Sammy wasn't your average 12-year-old. "Very much a people's person. Anyone he knew, they loved him," said Keirra Terrance, Sammy's oldest sister.

The family says Sammy was a natural born go-getter and helped anyone he saw in need. "Wake up 8 o'clock in the morning and he would tell mama, 'I'm going to work.' And I'm like, 'Going to work?' But everybody loved him and it's just so sad," said Terrance.

Terrance says she found out her youngest brother had been hit by a truck just feet away from his home while she was at work yesterday. "I just was in shock. I still don't believe it."

A spokesperson for East Baton Rouge Parish schools says Sammy attended Riveroaks Elementary, not far from where the incident happened.

Terrance says just a few days ago, Sammy ran to her excited because he had received his report card and was advancing to the 6th grade. "He said, 'Look, Keirra,' and I said, 'You're going to 6th grade,' and I gave him a hug."

Little did she know, that would be the last hug from her brother, who loved to give to the community more than receive.

"Sammy is Sammy. Just know that he was a good kid in all aspects of it. He was an angel here on Earth and that's how I know he's fine where he is now," said Terrance.

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