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Classmates remember Bonner Springs boy who died following car crash

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Seth Davidson. (Via USD 204) Seth Davidson. (Via USD 204)
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On Friday, students in Bonner Springs paid tribute to one of their own who died following a traffic crash.

Senior Seth Davidson was in a crash last Saturday afternoon and died on Thursday.

He was a special needs student who was known and loved by everyone at the high school.

Among everyone who spoke to KCTV5 News, there was one thing that all of them brought up: Every morning, Davidson would be at the front entrance with a smile, holding open the door for each and every one of them.

When the pep squad ran out with the Braves’ flags on Friday, they ran out as superheroes in honor of Davidson.

Davidson was a big Batman fan and a big presence among the Bonner Springs Braves.

“He was always there, running around with a big smile on his face at school,” said Jasmin Ruiz, one of his classmates. “You could never miss him.”

“Especially if I was upset through school or something, he would come and poke my shoulder or scare me coming around the corner just to make me laugh, to have a better day,” said classmate Piper Swartz. “He always put smiles on people’s faces.”

Davidson was in the special needs program. His aunt described him as 18 going on 8.

“He had his own little world, his own little mind, which just made him different, made him special,” said Lora Wallace, his aunt and guardian.

Seth’s aunt has been caring for him since his mom died six years ago.

She watched the cheerleaders wear Batman logos and sell pins and bows to help with funeral costs.

She also stood in front of the pep squad for a moment of silence.

She doesn’t typically go to the school football games, but this was one she couldn’t miss.

“It is unreal watching them run around in bat capes because that’s what he did all the time,” she said. “So it’s awesome. This is his hat. It’s not mine, it’s his. So.”

The tributes, like the band playing the Batman theme at halftime, were simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking.

“This is all for Seth,” Wallace said. “I had no idea the magnitude, these kids, that he had on these kids. So yeah, I had to come see this.”

The team got Davidson a victory on Friday, beating Blue Valley Southwest 10 to 7.

As for the wreck, police have not given KCTV5 News any information except the time and location. It happened on Saturday afternoon on Kansas Avenue, just east of the Walmart. His aunt said they’ve told her close to nothing as well.

They have set up a GoFundMe for funeral costs and said anything left after that will be donated to the school’s special needs program.

The memorial service will be on Wednesday at the Maple Hill Funeral Home in Kansas City, Kansas. Instead of flowers, they are asking for donations to the school's special needs program. 

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