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Friends and Family Remember Boy Killed in Mudslide

Friends and Family Remember Boy Killed in Mudslide

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Alex Cabrero reporting Two parents in Kanab are doing something no parent should ever do-- plan the funeral for their 10-year-old son who died this weekend in a mudslide.

This young boy touched many lives.

Josh Hutchings was the kind of kid who just was a boy in every sense of the word. Jumping his bike, climbing trees, getting hurt... you name it, that's Josh. And it's how everyone in his small Southern Utah community is remembering him.

It'd be hard to drive through Kanab, and not see something with Josh's name on it. At school today, elementary children learned what "flag at half-staff" means, even though, at their age, it's probably something they shouldn't have to understand yet.

Ten-year-old Josh Hutchings died this past weekend after being trapped under a mudslide while playing.

He was the kind of kid who helped girls cross the street. He'd get money to buy a small gift at a gas station to cheer someone up, and most of all, he was someone you could talk to, even at his young age.

Counselors were at the school to help children understand it all. Maybe they'll figure out something Josh's parents may never figure out.

Sure, they admit Josh was an extreme kind of kid, the kind who also had cuts and scrapes and stitches.

Jerry Hutchings/ Josh's Father: "We called him 'Oh my gosh!" Every time we'd see him, it's like, 'Oh my gosh, Josh!' Just a very loved kid. Just a big smile on his face all the time."

Josh's parents also wanted to thank people who came out to help dig their son out. At least 200 volunteers were digging within minutes after word spread someone was trapped. Tough times in very friendly, small community.

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