NEWPORT, N.C. (WIVB) - A 12-year-old boy was riding his bike when he was struck by a car in the Town of Tonawanda. And despite the heroic efforts of bystanders, he later died.
Now, loved ones want Imani Gilbert to be buried near his family in North Carolina and are hoping donations will help them bring his body home. Wednesday night, friends held a car wash in the boy's hometown of Newport.
In addition to the financial toll, family members are still coming to grips with the fact the young boy is gone forever.
His mother, Amy Tupaz, said, "I hope that he will always be remembered. I don't want anybody to ever forget; he was special."
Gilbert's funeral is scheduled for Thursday morning. Funeral costs add up to more than $8,000.
So far, more than $500 has been raised to pay those expenses. If you would like to help, you can send donations to:
The Gilbert Family, c/o Oscar Mortuary
1700 Oscar Drive
New Bern, North Carolina 28563
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