Memorial For Whitwell Boy

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On a beautiful spring day before Easter when children across the country were hunting for Easter Eggs, one little boy was laid to rest.

Earlier this week, Lucas Michael Dillon died on Monday from blunt force trauma to his head.

Saturday an entire community joined together to give a beautiful tribute to that little boy whose death still has many unanswered questions.

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Hundreds of people holding hundreds of blue balloons lined Morrison Spring Road in Whitwell following his funeral at Whitwell Memorial Funeral Home.

His classmate and friend Gabriel Ross came up with the idea and his mother took it from there.

"He asked me if he could write a letter to his friend. Then he asked me how we could send it to him and I told him we could put it on a balloon and send it to him," said Gabriel’s mother Keilli Ross. "He wanted all his friends to get together and it just escalated from there to this. And we are so grateful for the community to do this for him and to have him say goodbye to his friend."

Over five hundred balloons were donated from a local Wal-Mart and Ingles. Friends and teachers of Lucas’s arranged the donations and balloon release.

One woman who helped arrange the event shares how the entire community came together within a matter of hours.

"Whitwell and Crossroads and Jasper, the whole Marion County, we all come together for anything," said Laura Parker. "It just makes your heart smile how we come together."

Lucas Dillon was found unresponsive at a home on Jewell Lane Road last Saturday.

He was taken off life support on Monday when he passed away.

An autopsy ruled he died from blunt force trauma to his head.

TBI is investigating the death as a homicide.