PLANO, TX — Today the friends and family of Christian Sanchez came together to say goodbye one final time.
Christian tragically lost his life earlier this month when a storm caused a tree to land on his tent while camping with his Boy Scout troop near Ontario. 39-year-old scout leader, Nickie Rorth Lac, also died in the storm.
But even though his life was cut short just weeks shy of his 14th birthday, Christian still left behind a huge legacy.
“Christian made an impact in every organization he was a part of,” said Arthur Jones, the lead pastor for contemporary services at St. Andrew Methodist Church. “From football to Scouts, to our youth group he was a leader everywhere he went and it was just naturally so because his personality was just so disarming. He laughed, he smiled and he made all the other kids want to be a part of whatever he was in.”
Described as a kid who was 6’ 1” with size 13 shoes in middle school, Christian stood out not only in his athletic size, but the size of his heart.
And Friday, hundreds gathered at St. Andrew Methodist Church: from his fellow Boy Scouts, football players and church members to remember the mark this young man leaves behind.
“Christian gave us an example for how to live.” Jones said, “To get involved, to love life, to relish every single moment that we have and also to have faith. Christian’s faith was a huge part of who he was and what he did and that faith gives us hope, even in days like this.”