Family, Friends Hold Service For Licking County Teen Killed In Crash
As the casket entered a packed Faith Life Church in Johnstown, one could feel the emotion in the room.
The tears were understandable.
The joy and hope were undeniable.
"He would definitely look at everyone like they're crazy, like 'why are you crying? This is not something to be sad about.' You know that he's happy where he's at today,” said Karaline Boso, a friend of Michael Hoskinson.
Hoskinson, 17, died last Thursday along with Cheyenne Spurgeon, 15, and Linzie Bell, 15, in a single-vehicle crash in Alexandria.
More than 500 family and friends packed Faith Life Church in Johnstown to pay their final respects to the recent Johnstown High School graduate.
Hoskinson was a young man who friends say is now in heaven after living his life on earth to the fullest.
"This life that we live here, though it's short, it's really just the starting line of something that's greater, something that's more amazing than we can imagine,” said Pastor Tim Keesee, Hoskinson’s youth pastor.
Although tears streamed as the hearse made its way to Green Hill Cemetery, peace remained in the hearts of those who knew Hoskinson best.
"That's the hope of a Christian,” Keesee said. “We know where we go when we die. We're with Christ."
And until they see him again, Hoskinson's loved ones say they will still have a part of him here in the changed lives he leaves behind.
"To have a 17-year-old kid impact that many lives, I mean, you saw how many people were there today. It was really impressive,” said Keesee.
"He did live life to the fullest,” Boso said. “You could definitely tell from all the family and friends that were here today that everyone loved him in this community."
The teen in the passenger seat during the crash, Ashton Cody, 16, is out of the hospital.
The driver, Jaylynn Rigio, 16, remains in the intensive care unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Cheyenne Spurgeon was laid to rest Tuesday night in Johnstown.
Friends and family will say goodbye to Linzie Bell Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Crouse-Kauber-Sammons Funeral Home in Johnstown.
Some of Hoskinson’s friends have created t-shirts that say "live life to the fullest."
They are selling them to raise money for Hoskinson's family.
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