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Donations Pay For Funeral Of Child Electrocuted On Halloween

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Family and friends are gathering to remember the nine year old who was electrocuted on Halloween.

"It was good until this morning, until we had to see him," Ellison's Aunt Pat Bevels said. "He's such a good looking boy in there."

This time they're visiting Chris Ellison in a funeral home to start the painful process of saying goodbye.

"You know what, I know where Chris is at because he was a good baby. I know where Chris is at," Bevels said when asked how she's getting through such and emotional time. "I know there (has) to be a reason for this, a reason we don't see right now."

It was Halloween when Chris was electrocuted after unknowingly riding his bike across a power line toppled over by a tree limb during the threat of severe weather.

"My wife and I we've cried everyday," barber Andre Southall said. "I'm still hurting just because again we have a child."

It's a story that has resonated far beyond Chris' family and friends.

"We were just so torn that this baby had gone outside again just to go ride his bicycle and that's just so tragic for family to have to deal with that type of situation in their lives," Southall explained.

At the Supreme Choppers Barbershop, they wanted to help ease the families pain.

"We started a Facebook page, went to Fifth Third (Bank) and opened up a bank account. Last Saturday we took up donations here just asking people for $5 (or) tips and we raised about $366," he said.

That was added to the thousands of dollars in donations that paid for Chris' entire funeral. A gesture that not only relieves the financial burden the family would have otherwise struggled with, but one that provides them a sense of comfort.

"People calling us that we don't know. We don't even know them. They don't know Chris but they felt Chris," Bevels said.

Because the nine year old could have been anyone's child. It's hard to understand why a night meant to make kids so happy could have such a tragic ending.

"Nine years old, he had his whole life in front of him," Bevels said. "A bright life."

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