Residents of the Milton, Edgewood and Fife communities continue to mourn 13-year-old Carson Styron, a local student who passed away in an ATV accident on June 5. Styron was attending a barbeque when the accident occurred, and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Styron was an energetic young man who was heavily involved in various sports in the area, and community members remember his compassion for others and his passion for sports.
In the wake of this horrible tragedy, the community has come together in several ways to offer support to the Styron family and raise funds to help the family through this difficult time.
The most direct way to help the family is through a GoFundMe fund set up to help the Styrons with funeral expenses. The account has been shared more than 2,500 times on Facebook and has currently raised more than $41,000 for the family. The link can be found at www.gofundme.com/284vghdw.
Styron’s mother left the following message on the GoFundMe page.
“We are so honored to be Carson's parents. He is an amazing young man and lived so much life in the short time he was here. Carson was compassionate and loving and it shows in all the people around him. We are devastated by his loss but know Carson doesn't want us to be sad. He spent most of his life trying to make others laugh. We couldn't get through this terrible tragedy without the love and support of all of you. You have taken the financial burden of this horrible event away. We will always be thankful for that, and Carson will always be thankful for helping him rest in peace. We ask that you continue to help Carson's legacy live on and remember the good.”
The city of Milton also held a candlelight vigil for Styron on June 10, allowing the community to come out and pay their respects. Styron was a student at Columbia Junior High, and the school honored the Styrons in several ways, including a moment of silence during the last assembly of the year.
There was also an FME little league game played in Carson’s honor on June 6, with a moment of silence after the national anthem and his little brother, CJ, threw out the first pitch.
Styron touched the lives of many people in his community, whether it was through his jubilant personality or passion for baseball. A memorial post on seattleelitebaeeball.com reads as follows:
“His love for the game equaled that of his love for his family, friends, coaches and teammates. He touched the lives of many through the baseball community at such a young age. His dream was to make it to the big leagues one day. Carson was the epitome of hard work and dedication. He will forever be missed, but never forgotten.”