Tyler Bigham

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Madison MacLean

Northside High School student Tyler Bigham was just 16 when his life was taken in a car crash Monday.

The community is now keeping his spirit alive in their own special way. In honor of his favorite color and the color of the water he loved to fish on, residents are hanging blue bows on their mailboxes, cars and county school buses.

Cody Shelby, Tyler’s cousin, said he’ll be deeply missed.

“Tyler was 16,” Shelby said. “He was very young but he was very wise and mature for his age and, I would want them to realize that he was such a gentleman and like I said, a good Christian young man. He always done right he never would falter, (he was) just a positive and uplifting young man.”

Family friend Susan Dockery said she’s made more than 75 bows in just three days.

“It’s very heartbreaking to our community, especially when we lose a child as young as what Tyler was. It’s deeply hurt all of us. We are a close-knit community, and it’s drawn us all closer together”

Tyler’s family said they’ll celebrate his life and remain positive in the wake of this tragedy, just the way Tyler would want it.

“He’s made our community stronger and come together,” Shelby said. “Our community is just more than friends, it’s now become a family because of Tyler.”

Tyler’s family said they’re already working toward hosting a fishing tournament in his honor.

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