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Tree Planted in Memory of Levi Driver, Toddler Crushed by Tombstone

By: Julia Deng
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Dozens gathered Friday night to remember 4-year-old Levi Driver, the victim of a cemetery accident last week involving a 500-pound tombstone.

Friends and family planted a tree in his honor at La Promesa Apartment Complex.

"We [also] celebrated his memory by releasing balloons," said older sister Hannah Wilson.

She added he would probably "catch them and pop them in heaven."

Close friend Eliza Kates, who taught Levi how to ride a bike, draped a necklace from the tree's dedication plaque and told NewsWest 9 he "had been like a brother to [her]."

Family members said Levi had been visiting his grandmother's grave site with his grandfather. The toddler "liked the way a headstone looked" at the Ector County cemetery, so he asked his grandfather to take a photo of him standing in front of it. Moments later, the 100-year-old tombstone fell and crushed him.

"He picked him up, pulled the tombstone off of him and took him to the hospital," said his aunt, Mary Dennis. "But they said he was killed instantly."

Friday night's memorial services were made possible by American Heritage Cemetery and Funeral Home of Midland.

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