Family & Friends Mourn Teens Death

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HERRIMAN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – The family of 13 year old Andrew Drisdom is speaking out after he was hit and killed while crossing a street in Herriman Tuesday. They said the community support and their faith is helping them get through this tragedy.

His father CJ Drisdom was out looking for him Tuesday when he didn’t come home on time. He recalls what it was like when he came back to find police at his front door.

“They said it’s about your son Andrew, and I said great cause I’m looking for him right now so if you all can help me look for him that would be great,” said CJ. “They said he was hit and didn’t make it.”

CJ admits he was angry when he first heard the news and wanted to find the driver of the car. Then he thought about how his son would have reacted.

“Andrew you know he loved God,” said CJ.

Andrew’s family gathered with community members at the rec center and library to tie purple ribbons around trees and light poles in the area. The teen was hit just a block from the library.

Andrew was remembered as a good kid who was heavily involved in his church and loved to sing and dance. His family said it’s been comforting hearing how much Andrew meant to so many people.

His uncle Timothy Drisdom said the family’s faith has helped them get through this difficult time.

“As well as can be expected, we have strong faith in God and just kind of clinging to that right now,” said Timothy.

CJ said while he’s devastated at the loss of his son he’s proud of the person he was.

“Just a great kid, good character, and he loved God and his family.”

Funeral plans have not been announced by the family yet. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with expenses.

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