Holland Patent (WSYR-TV) -- Some Central New Yorkers spent Saturday remembering the life of 16-year-old Anusha Yagey.
The Holland Patent teen was killed in a car crash last February while on his way to school. State Police say slushy roads may have contributed to the crash, and that news sparked an emotional debate around the school district.
'I don't believe anything dies, I believe he's happy where he is," says Sharon Yagey, Anusha's mother.
Sharon Yagey says when she thinks about her son Anusha, she remembers the little things.
"He was so comical, he was such a jokester, loved sports, he made the honor roll, he was a happy kid," says Sharon.
The NushWalk was filled with balloons, music and laughter. Anusha's family members say the event is not about mourning his death, but instead celebrating his life.
"He was happy about everything, his whole attitude was happy so we didn't want to sit home crying in a room somewhere, we wanted people to smile and remember him, we wanted this," says Michael Yagey, Anusha's father.
That's why the family created the NushWalk. Hundreds of people walked 3 miles to honor Anusha, and to honor their own loved ones.
"Anyone you want to remember, a grandfather, sibling, anyone, kids need to grieve and hopefully we will have that spirit among us," says Sharon.
"He wanted this, he's up there looking down right now, I know that," says Michael.
All the money raised today will go toward the Anusha Yagey Scholarship Fund
. The fund will help benefit a selected student at Holland Patent High School.