Family, Baker City come together after boy's parade death

Mom: 'Energetic little boy who loved life'

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) - A small eastern Oregon city's parade this past weekend started out as a celebration, but ended in devastation.

Baker City was rocked to its core when Dylan Thomas fell off a float and later died at a hospital - on his seventh birthday.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported ( ) Monday that Dylan's family has received an outpouring of support from the community.

His mother, Megan Thomas, says vigils, a fundraiser and a memorial service have brought the already tight-knit community even closer together.

Dylan was sitting on a float with his 10-year-old sister when he fell and was struck by the vehicle's rear wheels. He died later at a nearby hospital.

Thomas says her son was "a loving, energetic little boy who loved life and would do anything to make anyone smile."

A GoFundMe page to help the family has exceeded its $20,000 goal by more than $6,000 and counting.

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