SANDY Students at Crescent View Middle School wept, shared memories and consoled each other Friday as they remembered Kade Rosemann.
Rosemann, 14, was run over by a school bus and killed Thursday afternoon while riding his bike home from school. Debie Rosemann, Kade's mother, told the Deseret Morning News in an e-mail Friday that her son was apparently trying to ride around a group of students on the sidewalk.
Kade rode his red mountain bike on the grassy parkway when it apparently got snagged on the curb, tossing the eighth-grader into the bus's path, according to his mother. The bus's rear passenger tire ran over the boy.
Police said Friday their investigation into the accident would be completed next week. However, O'Neal said there was no indication Rosemann was intentionally trying to ride into the street or was showing off by "jumping" his bike off the curb.
Students held a candlelight vigil Thursday night on 300 East near 11400 South where the accident occurred. The tributes continued Friday morning when dozens of students gathered to construct a makeshift memorial on the curb.
Flowers, stuffed animals and candles were lit around a tree where a picture of Rosemann was posted. Students posted signs, many saying "You will be missed" and "We love you," and wrote messages to their classmate with chalk on the curb and on a brick wall parallel to the sidewalk.
"He was so funny. He was always happy," said ninth-grader Stephanie Farrell.
"He was just a great friend. He was always there for you. He was nice to everyone even if you didn't know him," said ninth-grader Denise Goldy.
Dozens of students gathered at the memorial before school started. Many stayed even after classes had begun for the day.
A steady flow of students filtered down from the school about a half-block away throughout the morning to visit the memorial and pay their respects. Although the school wasn't officially letting students out of class to visit the memorial, one counselor said the school was being lenient in allowing students to "step outside and get a little fresh air."
More than a dozen crisis counselors from the Jordan School District were at the school Friday. Many of them were also at the memorial in the morning to provide support for students. Students who witnessed the accident talked with counselors in groups, said David Stoddard with the school district.
"This isn't going to be a normal day," Stoddard said Friday.Comment on this story
Counselors were expected to do different things throughout the day to help the students, he said. The school was scheduled to hold its annual lip sync assembly Friday, traditionally one of the school's most popular events.Stoddard said there was some discussion about whether to delay the assembly, but he expected Friday morning it would still go on as scheduled because "that's what Kade would have wanted."