Remembering Kayne Erickson

By Jenna Hanchard

December 16, 2011 Updated Dec 16, 2011 at 6:52 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Family and friends come together Thursday to remember a Union-Endicott High School student who lost his life behind the wheel Wednesday night.

Kayne Erickson was just 17 years old and only three miles from his house when the car he was driving crashed in the Town of Owego.

Erickson was remembered as a young man full of life and faith.

Family and friends of Kayne Erickson will never forget the night of December 14th 2011.

""I was the last one to talk to him on the phone. He was actually on the way to come pick me up for youth group. He calls me bro. I'll be there in 5:50, 6:20 rolls around and I'm like this isn't like Kayne...6:30 rolls around and I'm starting to get really worried," said friend, Steffan Chapman.

Chapman learned the devastating news while using the social media site Facebook, "All I did was refresh the page and when I did that there was about 15 to 20 rest in peace on his wall. It was just crazy... I couldn't believe it I didn't want to believe it."

Friends say a fatal crash on Bornt Hill Road took the life of the 17-year-old and seriously injured his sister.

Friends and family mourn Thursday night, as they remember the young man who touched their souls.

"Kayne was the guy you could laugh with, you could cry with you could have serious talks to. I could tell him anything and I would know he wouldn't tell anyone," said friend, Dallas Elwood.

Friend Colin Murphy remembered the time spent with his friend, "Whenever you were around him it was always a good time always having fun. You're spirits were always happy. Always."

Friend's say it was Kayne's spirit that left smiles fixed on the faces of those who knew him best.

" He was the kind of person that even if he just smiled at you you'd feel you were always a friend of his...he would bust on you but he would never make you cry he would never make you feel upset," said Elwood.

Friends say Kayne was a lover of all things sports.
With Baseball, Track and Basketball on his list of extra-curricular activities, Kayne was the backbone of every team.

Murphy said, " We could be down 50 points and he would be like alright guys we can go get them!"

Family members say Kayne was on a path to success, his father Erik Erickson said, "He knew what he wanted to do, he wanted to go to college. He wanted to be a youth pastor he wanted to touch people's lives."

His faith remained at the center of his life. As the sun sets on the life of Kayne Erickson friends and family are left to cope.

Kayne's father said with tears in his eyes, "I don't just trying to think about how I can live day after day without him in my life... I don't, I don't now how I can do it. "

Erik Erickson also had this message for other parents, "You need to go home and, you need to call your kids and, tell them I love you, because you don't know when you're not going to get that chance again...You know you don't"

His friend Dallas Elwood had these remarks, "We're all a family. He may not be here physically but he's in our heart and he's not leaving and he's going to be with us forever and its not goodbye its see you later."

Funeral services for Erickson will be held Monday, December 19th at the Allen Memorial Home in Endicott at 1:00 p.m.

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