Living memorials planted for Bawcomville teen who drowned

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BAWCOMVILLE, La. (4/24/19) —- Losing one of their beloved Mustangs; Wednesday the riser middle school community paid tribute to 13-year-old Sebastian Martinez. 

His family present for the sweet ceremony wearing his face on their shirts, while his friends remember his positive impact on their lives. 

“He kept me from committing suicide just hearing him laugh meant I had a purpose,” said close friend David Kimrey. 

Martinez drowned Saturday, April 13th in a drainage ditch near his home in Bawcomville. 
Teachers say his classmates took the death hard. 

“I have ten kids in my homeroom class and they just all broke down at one time and we got together and did a big group hug,” said Riser Middle School teacher David Duchesne.  

Prompting teachers to organize a small memorial for Sebastian; placing roses and a small magnolia tree in front of the school. 

“It’s like amazing,” said Kimrey. 

Another friend sharing the excitement for the memorial. 

“People get to come by and see the tree and the first name that pops up is Sebastian,” said close friend Alius Irwin. 

Hannah Morrison is with Lazarus Missions — she ministers to families in the area and wanted to do her part to honor Sebastian and give hope to his loved ones. 

“We wanted to plant new life roots in everywhere, where Sebastian had roots in this area, so it’s been both schools he attended [Riser Middle School & Lenwil Elementary School] as well as the Boys & Girls Club.”

Each sixth grader writing a heartfelt note to Sebastian’s family; sending their love as they support each other. 

“He’s not here, but these trees will be here to remind us and to remind us of the love we all have for one another,” said Duchesne.  

A special benefit will be held in Sebastian’s honor Saturday at the S & J Farm and Feed store in West Monroe. Click here for more information. 

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