Vigil Held For 3 Year-Old Killed in Tragic Accident


RIVERTON, Utah (ABC4 News) – Family, friends, and a community came together to remember the life of 3 year-old Tanner Ault.  The young boy died this week after he was hit by an SUV in a tragic accident.

One can only imagine the pain the Ault family is feeling as they mourn the loss of their son and brother. 

“He just lives life like if a little boy knew how to live life and be happy and have fun, it was tanner,” says Tanner Ault’s aunt Stacy Miller.  

 But the family says it’s the love and support of the community that is helping them through this tough time.  Hundreds gathered inside a ward meeting house in Riverton  to remember a boy who had so much life in him.  His family says he enjoyed to play, had the cutest smile, his aunt Stacy will always remember the way he ran around – with his belly sticking out.  

His mother and father tearful during the gathering, his mother holding onto one of Tanner’s blankets and his favorite stuffed animal in one arm, and Tanner brother’s in the other.  

After a prayer and a moment of silence inside they gathered outside to light candles and release balloons with neon lights in them.  The flashing colors lighting up the dark Utah skies.  His family comforted as they grieve.

“She’s broken, every mom and dad knows that.  I mean, you can stay up for hours with the thought of your baby being hurt but they’ve also had so many tender mercies but they call them tanner mercies that have brought them peace,” says Miller.

And it’s this love and support that they are experiencing that is helping them through the families darkest moment.  

“We have felt so much love, my sister, I don’t think she’s even scratched the surface of how much love has come around her but, it has been so humbling and I know we’re beyond words grateful,” Miller says.  

Tonight the family holding each other closer and reminding everyone to treasure every moment they have with their loved ones. 

“They’re gonna get through it, it’s gonna be hard, they’re broken and it’s not gonna be the same.  There’s gonna be a void in our family on this Earth but, we’ll see him again.  We have faith in that, we hold on to that, and he’ll be in the center of our hearts always,” says Miller. 

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