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Carolers sing to grieving Payson family after son was hit, killed in car crash

Posted at 9:35 PM, Dec 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-08 23:35:44-05

PAYSON, Utah -- The Payson community used music to mourn the death of a teenage boy who died on Monday.

Adam Renik, 14, was hit and killed by two cars on his way to school. The accident took place on 600 West and 100 North. It was Adam's Birthday.

More than 100 people sang Christmas carols outside the Renik family home, Tuesday evening. Friends said it was a fitting tribute that Adam would have greatly appreciated.

"I think he is very worried about his family right now, from the other side, so yes he would definitely love it, he loved music, loved to play the cello, he was a talented guy," said friend Caleb Bahr.

Many of the carolers who participated were church youth, eager to sing in the name of Adam.

"He always stood up for anybody in need and he was really a sensitive guy so he knew what was going on and was always there for anybody in need," said friend Nathan Lauber.

Adam was very active in his church and the scout program. He was considered a leader that his peers could look up to.

"Adam was just such a wonderful example and a great kid, just one of the most amazing kids I knew," said Steven Keele, Adam’s scout master.

The Renik family hugged many of the carolers and thanked them personally for their support.

"As far as this family's strength I think it's just unreal, I know they know that Adam has set the example for them of how they should live their lives and that's what they are planning on doing," said Bishop Scott Haney.

Funeral services for Adam are scheduled for Monday morning. A memorial account has also been set up for Adam at American First Credit Union in Payson.