The 4-year-old boy from Cleveland who was fighting for his life after a treehouse collapsed on him on Christmas Eve has died.
Courtney Contreras said in a heartfelt post on Facebook that her little boy, Kade Contreras, passed away at 4:18 p.m. on Dec. 27.
“Our sweet baby boy went home to be with Jesus today at 4:18 pm. I’m trying really hard to not question the whys because I will never know that. All that I know for sure is that we were blessed beyond measure to be Kade Dylan’s parents,” Contreras wrote.
“My days will never be the same without him and his little voice and big smile,” she added.
Kade was playing in a relative’s backyard when the freak accident happened.
Over the past week, the Cleveland community rallied together around the family, who is well-regarded in Cleveland for supporting youth activities.
Messages of support from the community and public continued to pour in under the #prayersforkade hashtag on Facebook.
The mother of four was extremely grateful to everyone who kept her son in their prayers.
“I can’t say thank you enough for everyone and how much you lifted my family up. I’ll ask one more time to lift us up in peace and understanding. This is the most gut-wrenching feeling and it’s going to be hard for a long time,” she said.
Chief of the Cleveland ISD Police Department, Rex Evans, who has known the family for years, said it was a tragedy that could not be encapsulated in words, reported KHOU.
“It’s so difficult to watch and to be a part of—to see beautiful people literally on their knees begging for anything. It’s very tough,” Evans told the news station.
“As a parent, it’s the worst nightmare you could possibly imagine or as a grandparent. I mean, that’s your baby,” he added.