BURKE COUNTY, N.C. -- The family is devastated by the loss of their 4-year-old son. The tight-knit family spoke with NBC Charlotte to remember Brayden, who is remembered for making people smile.
“He was a sweet boy,” said his father Bryant. “Always happy, always smiling.”
“He had a smile that could light up the room,” Bryant added.
“That was our baby and he means everything,” said Alessia, his mother.
The scene is now cleared, except for the investigation markings left behind on College Street near Collett Street in Morganton.
Six family members were inside the SUV when it crashed with a sedan. Morganton Police say they are still working to learn all the details but told NBC Charlotte they are looking at the possibility that Brayden may have unbuckled himself at some point.
Police say they are also checking the car seat to make sure it was properly restrained.
Brayden’s parents, along with three other young relatives are now home and out of the hospital. The two passengers in the sedan have also been released.
Brayden’s parents say his passing came too soon.
“Four years is not enough,” Bryant said. “But we’re going to try and be strong because we have two more.”
“Keep pushing on,” he added.