On Sunday, the 11-year-old was killed while riding his bike near his home on Lucky Drive, AJC.com previously reported. Investigators said Blake was coming around a sharp curve in the neighborhood when he crashed into a car that was heading in the opposite direction.
The boy was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“It was absolutely devastating and tragic,” Eastvalley teacher Jennifer Swafford told Channel 2. “And when we all heard the news, literally, it took our breath away. We all gasped.”
Swafford told the news station Blake was in her class and that she worked alongside Blake’s mother, Dawn, who is a nurse at the school.
Since Blake’s death occurred during a statewide shelter-in-place order due to the coronavirus, that has posed hardships for the family dealing with the tragedy and making funeral plans.
“It’s just surreal,” Swafford said. “And that we can’t go hug her, our school nurse, and tell her that we are here and love her. That’s what is hard.”
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Swafford started the GoFundMe to help Blake's family.
“We all need to have that time of togetherness,” Swafford said. “And show them how a huge community loves Blake and really cared for him. He was a great, great kid.”
“Rest in peace sweet Blake,” the page said. “Fly high among the angels and enjoy playing baseball in heaven.”
The wreck is still under investigation, but Cobb County police said Wednesday that no charges are forthcoming.
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