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Sep 21, 2012 11:39 PM by Josh Breslow

Family, Friends Remember Teen Killed In ATV Crash

A little more than a year after a Lexington family buried a murder victim, they are now planning a funeral for that man's younger brother.

15-year-old Michael Sparks died Thursday night, when police said he ran a stop sign, causing the four-wheeler he was driving to collide with a pick-up truck at the intersection of Eastland Parkway and Anniston Drive.

"I'm still thinking he's gonna come around the corner," said Michael's sister, Gina Buckler. "He was a good kid and we want people to know that."

Dozens gathered Friday night at the scene to light candles and honor young Michael.

"It's unreal and he's so young. 15. They're not supposed to die at that age," said Buckler. "We just want to honor him. We want to keep his memory alive even though he's gone."

"My heart dropped," said Ashley Walling, a family member of Michael, who helped plan the memorial to honor the Bryan Station High School freshman, who wanted nothing more than to join the military.

"I wish he was here to actually see how many people love him," Walling said.

"It shows how much that he was loved and cared for," Buckler said.

Sadly, this wasn't the first tragedy for Michael's family. In January 2011, his older brother, Ronnie Sparks was one of three people gunned down in a home on Shaker Run Road in Lexington.

"There are no words. I mean there are no words to describe, we'll never be the same," said Buckler.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Kerr Brothers in Lexington.

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