Braxton Phetsysouk was just 14 years old when he was tragically taken from his family and the ones who loved him most. Braxton was hanging out with friends on a Saturday night, one last time before high school soccer tryouts the following Monday. Braxton and his three friends decided they wanted to get drinks at the little store across the highway. It was starting to get dark on their way back and the street they had to cross was poorly lit. Braxton was tragically hit by a car that was trying to pass one of the cars that was waiting for Braxton and his friends to cross. He was transferred to Primary Children’s Hospital by LifeFlight where he passed away surrounded by his family and friends.
Braxton’s absence is deeply felt by all who knew him. Braxton was an amazing kid who radiated sunshine into every room he walked into. His goal in life was to help others and make everyone happy. He knew how to make his family and friends feel special. His laughter was contagious and his smile is forever imprinted into our minds and our hearts.
Braxton had a love for soccer and was a coach’s dream player. He worked hard on the field as team captain and had amazing sportsmanship.
Braxton’s impact on so many people at such a young age is something most of us only dream of. It only takes a moment of distraction or not thinking clearly to change a life forever. In Braxton’s case, his friends are left with the traumatic memory of how they lost their dear friend. The driver is left with the everlasting feeling of guilt as he replays that night over and over in his head. As Braxton’s mom, my heart is broken and I can never fill the hole that my sweet Braxton has left. It’s been a year and a half without my son and I still have forever to go.