Friends and Family Members Mourn 11 Year Old Peoria Boy Who was Declared Brain Dead

Friends and Family Members Mourn 11 Year Old Peoria Boy Who was Declared Brain Dead

They gather around a memorial to honor him and support his mother.
PEORIA - He was best known for his big smile and his loving and caring attitude for everyone around him. 
That's how 11-year-old Trever Chick is being remembered tonight. 

"He cared a lot about everything. I mean words can't explain Trever," said his mother Tracy Corey.

She says her son was taken from her all to soon.
"Trever was a very, very loving boy. He was an ongoing boy. He was always doing things."

Family members say Trever Chick was best known for his big smile and go-getter attitude. 

He was also a loving son, brother and nephew. 

"Anybody that came in contact with him couldn't help but fall in love with him."

His Aunt, Theresa Williams, says Trever was like many 11-year-old boys. 

"(He liked) mainly video games. Loved riding his bicycle. Loved being outside." 

Trever's uncle says he was a straight-A student at Lincoln Middle School.

"Trever was just Trever. he was just a good kid. You know what I'm saying. I wish some of my kids would have been like that."

Police say the boy ran out between a City Link bus and a car, and then hit the side of a moving pick-up truck when trying to cross the street on North-East Monroe between Mary and Caroline Street.

"He was a loving boy. He didn't do nothing wrong. Hew as just trying to go to school.

Now his family is shouldering the tragedy

Police say they are still reviewing the accident, but don't plan to charge the driver of the pick up truck. Video from the nearby city-link bus and witness accounts all indicate the boy ran between the vehicles. 

Peoria District 150 has counselors on hand at Lincoln School since yesterday to help students there cope with this tragic situation.

District 150 officials held a media conference today at Glen Oak School.

They say they have strict protocol to handle situations like this.

The district has four to five counselors at the school to work with children in groups or individually.

Counselors stress, it’s important to notice the early warning signs that children are having difficulty dealing with incidents like this.

"You want to be looking for signs, maybe sleep disruption in their sleep patterns, not eating as well.  Kids, a lot of times, will not use their words, but they'll show you with your behavior how they're taking it." said Annie Mayo, a District 150 counselor.

The district says it will provide counseling for anyone who needs it, including teachers, for the rest of the week. 

 


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