The parents of a Brockville teenager killed in a hit and run in 2013 say there’s no better way to remember him than their Saturday launch of an annual music festival.
Aaron Stevenson was 16 when he was struck and killed while skateboarding on County Road 2 outside of Brockville on Sept. 1, 2013.
His body was dumped in a skate park when the driver and passenger, who were found guilty of charges including indignity to a human body, discovered it in their truck bed.
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Saturday, his parents Kelly and Willy Stevenson held the all-day “Do It For Aaron Summer Festival” in Brockville, bringing in hundreds of people to raise money for three nearby high schools.
“It’s not closure at all, there will never be closure I don't think,” said Kelly. “It’s celebrating Aaron’s life and remembering him in a positive way.”
“He would be astonished if he was here right now,” said Willy.
Festival organizers wore shirts with Aaron’s favourite phrase “when words fail, music speaks” printed on the back of their shirts.
"He loved music just like his father and his brother,” Kelly said.
“He was a drummer and music was a huge part of his life, it just meant a lot to him."
Aaron’s parents said they plan to make this an annual festival to help his memory live on.
"I told Aaron… to talk to God and make sure it was a good day for us all. And here it is. The sun is shining for us,” Kelly said.
“So he's here, he's here with us."