Family and friends hold vigil and balloon release for 13-year-old Jons’ey Sanders

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Family and friends held a vigil and balloon release Tuesday for Jons'ey Sanders, the 13-year-old little boy who was hit and killed by a car while crossing a northland highway last week.

"He was a fun uplifting person," said Emire Washington, a friend of the boy. "He was a fun person to hang out with."

Tuesday, family members prayed and held each other to comfort one another. They left flowers, candles and beanie babies at the scene of the accident.

"I was crying sitting in shock and I was holding him about to run to go get his parents," said Washington, recalling the moments after seeing Jons'ey get hit.

The little boy was trying to cross Highway 169 near Englewood Road to get back to his dad's home when he was hit. Investigators said charges are not expected against the driver in the case.

The family has set up a GoFundMe.com account to help pay for funeral expenses. Click here for more information.