Dexter community remembers teen killed

Dexter community remembers teen killed
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

DEXTER, MO (KAIT) - The Dexter community came together to honor a teen killed Monday afternoon.

Thirteen-year-old Tristan "Chase" Morrison died after he was struck by a vehicle around 3:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, the community found a colorful way to honor Morrison.

Subway employee William Shafer said one of Morrison's friends reached out on Facebook to ask residents to wear purple in Morrison's honor.

"I cannot believe how the community has come together," Shafer said. "Several people are wearing purple today."

Some businesses had purple balloons out to show their condolences.

Shafer said he lives down the street from the intersection of West Grant and South Sassafras, where Morrison was hit.

He saw the ambulance pull away and knew something terrible must have happened.

"That's when I heard a young boy just got hit and killed," Shafer said. "It just isn't fair."

He cannot wrap his mind around what the family is enduring.

"I wish I could find the words to say," Shafer said. "All I can say is that you're in our thoughts here at Subway, as we're wearing purple in memory of your fallen family member. We're all praying for you and wish the best for you guys. Keep your head up."

Counselors were on hand for students at T.S Hill Middle School where Morrison attended school.

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