Classmates honor Luke Bresette, Overland Park boy killed in Ala. airport, with balloon release

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An unthinkable tragedy brought together 600 schoolmates in Kansas City. They gathered to remember 10-year-old Luke Bresette, the Overland Park boy killed last month in an Alabama airport when a sign weighing hundreds of pounds fell and killed him.

Bresette was a fifth grader at St. Thomas More Catholic School. The whole school gathered Friday afternoon to release red, white and blue balloons into the sky.

Luke's uncle, Alex Bresette, said choosing the color of the balloons was easy.

"Originally it was going to be red and white for Saint Thomas More colors, and then the blue for the Royals and the Jayhawks. And then, Luke loved all the July 4th activities and fireworks displays," Alex Bresette said.

Luke was a best friend to his son.

"My relationship with Luke was just as Eli's father and how appreciative I was that he was my cousin's son," Alex said. "I couldn't have picked a better cousin for my son."

Luke's mother, Heather, and younger brothers, Sam and Tyler, are still healing from the accident. The entire family will face a new normal once the physical ailments are gone.

"We're going to have a hole in our hearts for a long time. It'll never completely heal and we don't want it to heal. We want to remember Luke," Alex said.

Luke's funeral will be held Saturday at 10:05 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in south Kansas City.

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