ME Community Remembers Peter Munck

By Julianne Sweeney

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 28, 2008 at 12:18 AM EDT

Friends and family of 12-year old Peter Munck say their final goodbyes.

Wednesday night, a memorial service was held at the Maine-Endwell High School.

Munck was allegedly killed by his brother two weeks ago.

"Peter, the thanks goes to you. You gave us a chance to take you under our wing."

Peter Munck is remembered as a student with a radiating smile...a twinkle in his eye...a spring in his step.

"Just that hug, and that little smile everyday. I'm missing that, and I'm going to miss him," says ME Elementary School Teacher Cheryl Hoffman.

"Each of us were lucky enough to get that wonderful embrace and hug every morning," says ME Elementary School Teacher Cathie DeLuca.

Peter died of internal injuries after a fight with his older brother.

But as classmates, parents and teachers honor the 6th grader at this memorial service.

They don't want to focus on that tragic event.

They want to celebrate his life....

With a night with filled with music, poetry, and prayer.

"A lot of the students here really learned something from the way he lived, and the positive life he showed us everyday in the classroom," says ME Middle School Teacher Tom Burkhardt.

Peter had an eagerness to learn...

Always the first one in the classroom, always the first one to raise his hand.

Around school, he was known for his vast vocabulary.

A friend said he sometimes didn't even know the words Peter used, they were so big.

"Bright in a lot of the sense of the word. He just had an aura that was inspirational to other kids," says Burkhardt.

The Homer Brink Elementary School is dedicating an outside library garden to Peter this spring.

Something they say he would have enjoyed.

Peter's brother, 22-year old Shawn Munck is charged with manslaughter.

The ME School District has set up a memorial fund in Peter's name.

Contributions or expressions of sympathy can be sent to the Peter Munck Memorial Fund.

Care of M&T Bank, 540 Hooper Road, Endwell, NY 13760.

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