Friends and family gather to honor teen killed in deputy-involved crash

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by MIKE GONZALEZ and KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:31 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 10:47 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – Family and friends gathered outside Charlie P’s restaurant in Spokane Valley Thursday night to remember the life of a teen that died after being hit by a Spokane County deputy’s patrol car.

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More than 100 people came out to celebrate Ryan Holyk’s life. Deputy Joseph Bodman hit Holyk as he was riding his bike near Vista and Sprague, according to authorities. Officials said Bodman was headed to a domestic violence call around 10:30 p.m. May 23, going westbound on Sprague when his patrol car clipped the Holyk’s bicycle and sent it spinning.

Holyk died Wednesday night after his family decided to take him off his ventilator.

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Many of the children who attended the vigil were classmates from West Valley High School. His best friend said he is still in shock that his friend is gone.

“I can’t believe he’s gone and I’ll never see him again,” said Devon Baldwin.

People said Holyk was a great kid, an open book and the type of person who would introduce himself to the new kids in school.

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Holyk’s mother did not attend the vigil but she sent a message via Facebook thanking everyone who came out.

Funeral arrangements have not been made.
 

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