Grandfather of 5-year-old killed in I-10 crash says the boy 'wil - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Grandfather of 5-year-old killed in I-10 crash says the boy 'will always be my hero'

Xander Cruz (Source: KATC-TV) Xander Cruz (Source: KATC-TV)
PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) -

Xander Cruz, 5, died Thursday after being badly injured in a major crash in West Baton Rouge Parish on Tuesday.

The wreck sent both of his parents to the hospital and left his family in mourning.

KATC-TV in Lafayette reported his grandfather, legendary Cajun musician, Lee Benoit, is still trying to cope with the loss.

"He would say, 'When I grow up, I want to be just like you, Pawpaw; you're my best friend in the whole world,'” Benoit said. “It was great coming from a 5-year-old. He will always be my hero."

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Little Xander’s heart may go to the right place. The family is donating his organs to children in need.

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