Hundreds lined up outside Hillis and Hardwick Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon to offer prayers and condolences after the tragic death of 14 year-old Grant Hickman of Zaneville.
Three close friends of Hickman shared their story of what his life meant to them…. Trenton Dodson will be a Sophomore at Tri Valley High School. He said their group of friends all played a variety of sports — Hickman football– but it was skate boarding that truly brought the group together.
"I just wish he could be here to skate with us still," said Dodson. ‘It’s really hard to loose him already at 14 years-old, I thought I was going to be able to grow up with him and at least skate with him one more time."
Close-friend James Hank placed a drawing in Hickman’s coffin. The drawing shows the three of them standing alongside a skate park they hope to have built in his memory. The teens would like to have the park built at Maple Hills Park in Zanesville but said ideally, it would be built at the Zanesville High School tennis courts where the teens said they organized and held the candle-light vigil that took place Saturday night.
Close friend Noah Vincent hopes this tragedy will spread the word against teen drinking.
"If that was going to be in his coffin we were going to have a skate park named after him," said Vincent. "And I hope that when that happens it raises just as much awareness about teen drinking that it really will discourage people from doing it."
Hickman was found dead early Saturday morning at a home at 364 Taylor Street. The three friends said their close group of friends includes Matt Howard, whose home Hickman’s death took place.