Apr 7, 2010 4:52 AM by Jeannette Hynes

1,500 people attend service for Levi Patrick

Determined.  Leader.  Christian.  Those words are just a few of the many people used to describe Levi Patrick at a memorial service in his honor Tuesday afternoon at New Life Church in Colorado Springs.

Patrick was a senior at Lewis-Palmer High School, a football captain, homecoming king, and member of New Life Church.  He died in a car crash in Summit County March 27 coming home from a Spring break trip with his fellow football teammates.  He was 19 years old.

Those fellow teammates, along with coaches, friends, and family members shared their memories of Patrick with 1,500 people who attended the service.

"People ask me, 'What were Levi's last words?,'" says Jake Oakey, who was sitting next to Levi when the Jeep crashed. "We were watching [a movie], and his last words were, 'This movie is stupid.' And then he gave the most girly laugh."

"The last look I got from Levi was when we heard the treads pop off the tires.  We both pulled the headphones out of our ears.  At first, I thought it was a look of confusion.  We both looked at each other and the look he gave me said, get ready, cause here we go," adds Oakey.

Both before and after the two-hour service, people took time to sign dozens of photos with their wishes for both Patrick and his family.

Levi Patrick leaves behind his older sister, Sasha, and his parents, Mark and Sharon.

"I always wanted to be Levi's hero, but he will always be mine," says Mark Patrick.



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