Dozens gathered Saturday in Whitwell to remember a life taken too soon.
Lucas Dillon, just 5-years-old was taken off life support at 11:05 AM last Monday. A medical examiner's autopsy revealed he died as the result of blunt force trauma. Saturday was a day to focus on the positive.
Folks who knew Lucas and those who didn't each held a balloon. The purpose was to say goodbye. Lucas' friend Gabriel came up with the idea.
"Well it first started off that he wanted to write a letter to his friend, and he asked what can we do " and I said "We can say goodbye to him," said Keilli Ross, Gabriel's mother.
Everyone waited over an hour for the motorcade to pass by. As time neared, Gabriel's mother helps him attach this letter to his balloon.
Minutes later, Lucas' motorcade arrives, and Gabriel releases his balloon with the letter attached. His mother embraces her son. Others watch as the motorcade passed through town
'Lucas, fly high and God speed," said Sandy Roberts.
Walmart and Ingles donated more than 530 balloons. Again, this is a homicide investigation.