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Nov 22, 2012 10:47 PM

Family Mourns Fleming County Teen, Thanks Community

It's been a tough Thanksgiving for a Fleming County family mourning their son. Wednesday, 15 year old Ricky Hamilton was found dead at the bottom of a rock quarry. He went missing near his home Sunday after he and his dad split up while deer hunting.

Inside the Hamilton house, no one's thinking about turkey or pumpkin pie.

"He's supposed to be here with me," says Kathy Hamilton, Ricky's mom. She clutches his picture, crying.

There's a heaviness about the room: family holding each other, talking in low voices, crying together, remembering Ricky.

"I know everyone tried so hard to find him and I do thank you. I don't know how to say thank you to everybody. But we are thankful. and this is Thanksgiving day, so we're thankful for a lot of things because god works in mysterious ways," Kathy says.

To see these parents, who are days away from burying their youngest child, say thank you, is heartbreaking. It was just two days ago they got the news: Ricky was found dead, about a mile from their home. Since then, friends, family, even strangers have stopped by, bringing food and sharing stories

"We're very proud of him. I just didn't realize that he was touching so many lives. But we did know he was a considerate little boy. He cared for everything and everybody in his life," Kathy says.

Thanksgiving will never be the same at the Hamiltons. But it gives new perspective to parents who are thankful to have had Ricky as a son.

"He was only 15 but he wore the shoes of many men, that's all there was to it. He had the backbone to do that," says Dad, Ricky.

Ricky Hamilton's visitation will be Saturday at four at Hutton Funeral home in Hillsboro. His funeral is Sunday at two at the Fleming County High School.

If you'd like to help the family, there is a fund set up at People's Bank in Flemingsburg.

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