The family of a boy killed in a UTV crash near Aurora opens

AURORA, Mo. (KY3) – A family in Aurora mourns their 12-year-old son after he died in a UTV wreck on Thursday.

“I think losing your son at any age is extremely difficult,” said Landon Norris’ mother Andrea Snider. “But losing your son when he is only 12 is unimaginable.”

The days still go by, but the memory of competitive outdoor man Landon will still live on.

“Whether you were a grandma or a newborn baby, everyone had liked him,” said his father, Bryan Snider.

It was a terrible accident that the Snider never imagined. Two friends do what they do best – enjoy nature – and suddenly end up tragically.

Mason called his mother on the speakerphone and said, ‘Mom, my friend is not breathing, what am I doing?’ And she told him to give him CPR, ”said Andrea Snider.

Landon was killed when the UTV he was in overturned on a farm road last Thursday. The days since then have been some of the toughest for the Snider family.

“I don’t want to spend a day not thinking about Landon,” said Andrea Snider. “I don’t want to wake up and imagine this house without him.”

His familiar smile is now surrounded by flowers and other ceremonial honors graciously recognized by people across Aurora.

“That’s what gets us through,” she said. “Every person we see, who greets us or brings us something or says something, I see him in everyone.”

The love and support from all of Aurora has made the Snider’s home feel a little less empty. It also helped keep a memory in their hearts.

“I love it. I feel closer to it. I like to see it,” said Andrea Snider as she looked at a handprint of Landon. “You know a baby handprint in a baby book is one thing, but you do know that Landon’s hand will never get bigger. “

The greatest memory – the chance to see your son’s closest friend.

“We were actually pretty sad until they brought him over,” said Bryan Snider. “Your mind is lifted. Much. Mason is very strong. You couldn’t ask for a better child. He’s just like Landon. “

The Sniders said they love Mason and his parents like their own family. Both said they also respected the courage it took Mason to rescue their son after the wreck.

“He was like a brother to me because I never had one,” said Mason Martin.

No day, birthday or holiday will go by without thinking of Landon. But the snider doesn’t know it’s his ghost just because he’s gone.

“I’m trying to let you know with signs that I’ve never left,” read Bryan Snider from a memorial plaque for Landon. “I hear when you laugh and I watch you sleep. I even put my arms around you to calm you down when you cry. “

A public funeral service for Landon will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at Aurora High School. The Missouri monarchs will also host a commemorative football game for him on Saturday.

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