The death of 4 of our community members is starting to sink in, and with that comes both mourning and memorializing the Parrish family, and coming together to honor their passing.
The news of one family’s tragedy rocked an entire community yesterday in Pocatello, and the loss of Bill, Ross, Liam, and Keegan Parrish hasn’t gotten any easier to swallow.
“Just realizing the fact that he’s not going to be there anymore and missing his face at school and stuff because he was always the brightest kid over there,” said Tamalii Campbell, a family friend, who organized the vigil in the family’s honor.
15 year old Keegan Parrish’s short time at Highland High School didn’t hinder how many people loved him, with students honoring his memory by wearing the color of the Boston Celtics, his favorite basketball team, and painting the rock out front the same shade of green.
One of Keegan’s basketball teammates, Payton McCarthy told us, “I feel like the rock is a way that our high school shows our spirit sort of and messages we want to give out and I feel like this is an important thing that we show that we all loved Keegan and his family.”
Keegan is being memorialized at the high school with the big green rock out front, but the Parrish family home is becoming a memorial itself with flowers, balloons, notes, anything to show the support and love for the family.
“It’s really hard because I was really close to him and I loved the kid, but it’s nice to see all the faces and all the people that messaged me and told me how much they wanted to come and memorialize with me,” added Campbell.
4 members of the Parrish family may be gone, but the community has made a point to make sure they are never forgotten.
“Definitely not,” said Campbell, “they will definitely be around for a long time they will never be forgotten to me or anybody else who shows up tonight.”