WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — People in West Lafayette feel an emptiness as they grieve the loss of 14 year-old, Zachary Hyde.
Hyde was in a car accident June 30th returning to Indiana from a family trip to Michigan. He died on July 6th from a brain injury.
Both his soccer coach and youth leader at his church said Hyde had a zest for life. He was athletic, adventurous and most importantly he was kind.
In talking with people who know the Hyde family, it's clear giving back is important to them. The family was supposed to be on a mission trip in Jamaica this week.
Hyde's soccer coach said those qualities are the things he will miss most.
"After every training session, every game he would always come to the coaches and he would come to us and say thank you, you know whether it been just a simple training session or a game, he would always kind of have that gratitude and say thank you," said Alex Sangsuwangul.
Hyde would have been a freshman at West Lafayette High School in the fall.
He also spent a lot of time at Covenat Church. His youth leader there said the past few days haven't been easy.
"There is a sense of reality, there is a sense of realness to just how fragile life is," said Caleb Cornell.
But he's left with wonderful memories. "He was joyful, he walked in every week with a smile on his face and no shoes on...he loved to go barefoot," remembers Cornell.
Hyde's parents and one of his siblings were also injured in the accident.
A family friend made a GoFundMe page to help the Hyde family cover medical expenses, you can help by clicking here.