Borden community in shock over 6-year-old's death

Community grieves over death of 6-year-old

BORDEN, Ind. (WHAS11) -- It's a different mood at Borden Elementary School just 24 hours after learning the news of the death of one of its students.

"You could feel it in the gym," Borden Elementary School Principal Lisa Hawkins said.

Hawkins pulls out a snowman colored with crayon and a poster made of construction paper, the name "Ayden Roberts" scrawled on the top.

"He was always smiling. Ayden loved superheroes, action figures, loved the new playground we had," Hawkins said.

Ayden, 6, died Wednesday morning, March 8, in a three-car crash on the 15000 block of Highway 60 in Borden. The Clark County Sheriff's Office said Ayden's father, Peter, was driving west on Highway 60 when witnesses reported him veering into a ditch off the side of the road. Witnesses claimed when Roberts tried to drive back onto the road, he hit two other cars.

The three adults involved in the crash suffered minor injuries. Ayden was rushed to Norton Children's Hospital where he died of blunt force trauma.

"Our hearts are broken," Hawkins said. "We're a small school here and people know all of the kids and people knew Ayden."

"I can't imagine what the family is going through," Michelle Fraley, a Borden salon owner, said. "It's just terrible to lose a child, let alone two children."

Ayden's death comes just six weeks after the death of his 2-year-old brother, William, who was found dead in a creek from an accidental drowning.

"It's just hard for me to fathom how this could happen twice to a family," Hawkins said.

Fraley and others in the Borden community rallied around William's death in January, organizing fundraisers to help out the family.

"This is a close knit community and everybody is really good about helping each other out," she said.

The loss of Ayden and his infectious smile still leaves many in shock and sadness, but the community said it is ready to continue to serve as a pillar of support for a grieving family.

"We would be willing to help them in any way possible," Fraley said.

"I don't think you can beat them," Hawkins said. "They're going to rally around and help anybody that's in need out here."

Borden Elementary School has counselors on hand this week to help any students who need assistance coping with Ayden's death.

A GoFundMe page has been started to help the family. A link can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/ayden-james-roberts
 

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