CINCINNATI -- The parents of Kyle Plush said they're thankful for all the support they've received since their 16-year-old son died in a minivan near Seven Hills School on April 10.
The story of Kyle's death has captured national attention. First responders didn't find him despite two 911 calls he made. Officials haven't said what pressed into Kyle's chest so hard that he suffocated, and many questions remain about why the 911 system wasn't able to help him.
Since then, Jill and Ron Plush, Kyle's parents, said people around the world have grieved for Kyle. They said that support, and the knowledge that Kyle's bravery touched so many people, give them comfort.
Read the family's full statement below:
We are so lucky God chose us to be Kyle's parents. Kyle and the rest of our family had a very special bond. Although I am shielding myself from the news because I am not ready to hear all the details surrounding his final moments before he passed on to heaven, our family does seek to understand what happened and honor Kyle's memory in a way that promotes positive changes in others lives.
Kyle always had a smile on his face. He was a sweet and loving person. Kyle lived life to the fullest each and every day. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He was extremely loyal and honest. We want families to spend more time together doing things they love, to live each day to the fullest, be kind to others, smile and laugh more.
I do know there are people grieving around the world for Kyle. God gives us what we need during times of sadness and he knows we need the whole world praying and supporting us because that is how deeply we feel his loss. Thank you for all of your shared prayers, silent prayers, memories and hugs. We need all of them.
I love Kyle. Our family loves Kyle. All his friends love Kyle. God loves Kyle. And now through Kyle's courageous bravery in the last moments of his life, he has touched the lives of many more people around the world who now love Kyle too. Thank you, this continues to provide us comfort.