Friends and family gathered at Logan Middle School Monday evening to remember a life taken too soon.
Tyler Frye, 14 years old and an upcoming freshman at Logan High School, was tragically killed in an ATV accident that happened late Sunday evening near his home in Chauncey. Frye recently completed 8th grade at Logan Middle School where he played on the basketball and baseball teams. His father, Jay Frye, is a Trooper with the West Virginia State Police. His neighbor and friend Tyler Hicks made the decision to hold a prayer service in Frye’s honor.
“When things like this happen, the family gets a lot of support, and they should,” said Hicks. “But these kids who went to school with him, who were his friends, they need that support too.”
The gym was packed with classmates, teachers, faculty, coaches and West Virginia State Troopers.
“Look around this gym,” said Pastor Mike Hicks of New Day Church. “You can see that Tyler made such a great impact on so many lives.”
The service was open for those mourning to take the floor and recount their best “Tyler stories.” Many of his coaches spoke as friends and family cried in the bleachers trying to absorb the fullness of the tragedy.
“Tyler was absolutely one of the happiest children I’ve ever coached in 14 years, and his smile would light up any room,” said baseball coach Alex Perry.
The basketball coach said that Tyler had one of the brightest smiles and personalities he’d ever seen.
The service closed with group prayer lead by Pastor Hicks. Many local pastors were available after the service to council those who needed help.
Collins Funeral Home of Switzer is handling the funeral arrangements. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thurs., June 26, at Logan Middle School gymnasium with Rev. Mike Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in Curry Cemetery at Rossmore.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the school.