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Fundraiser for teen killed in SUV crash

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The emotion poured out just as much as the soap and water Sunday afternoon at a car-wash fundraiser for Tyler Stich's family.

Hands scrubbed windows and doors; they also handed out hugs.

"People that thought they couldn't handle it have realized there are so many people backing them up they want to be here to support it," said family friend Alina Clark.

One of those people was Mick Stich, Tyler's dad. Losing his son is understandably the hardest thing he's ever gone through.

Tyler was killed Friday, when the SUV he was riding in lost control and flipped on Kings Avenue. There were six others in the car, mostly teens. Tyler wasn't buckled in and was thrown from the vehicle.

"It is really unexplainable. I've never experienced anything like this," Tyler's dad said.

Instead of celebrating Father's Day with his son, Tyler's dad is instead planning his son's funeral. Money raised at Sunday's car wash will help pay for the service.

"It is like a roller coaster, mixed emotions -- happy one minute, sad the next.  But with all these people, it's making it easier," Stich said.

"I'm here today to pay my respect to my friend Tyler," said Tykwan Eaddy.

Tykwan Eaddy was one of the passengers in that SUV when it crashed. He says everyone inside was like family and losing Tyler was like losing a brother.

"I think it is helping because you can see the smiles on everybody's faces everybody's helping him," he said. "He was just a joyful kid every day."

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