A TIME TO MOURN
Classmates from Parker high school say goodbye to teen who fell into icy lake.
Ayoung mourner embraces Patric Lantz’s mother as friends, family and classmates gather during a reception after the funeral services for the Parker teenager at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Centennial on Tuesday. Lantz and two other teens fell through an icy pond in Parker on Jan. 14; Max Gantnier died Monday, and Cole Robinson was treated and released after the accident.
Monsignor Thomas Fryar looked out over a church of young faces, whose eyes were red and cheeks were wet with tears, and asked Patric Lantz’s classmates to stand and honor him at his funeral.
At least half of those inside a crowded St. Thomas More Catholic Church rose to their feet.
Moments before the Tuesday morning funeral for the Legend High School sophomore who fell through an icy Parker retention pond, teens trickled into the church. Some wore school jackets and uniforms, such as Lantz’s rugby teammates, who wore their team jerseys.
Many were too young to know grief from the loss of someone so close.
Braeden Evert, 18, trained Lantz on the high school’s rugby team.
“Hewill forever bemy brother,” Evert said. “It was such an honor just to know him.”
The team dedicated the rest of its season to Lantz.
A memorial card handed to funeral patrons captured a heartfelt poem from Lantz’s father, who called his son “Patch.”
“My boy was kind and brave,” the card read. “The one that sacrificed himself for someone else’s boy. My boy, he was my hero, now he is some other’s hero too though theymay not know or recognize it. My boy did the one thing in his last moments that I would have expected from him but would have wished for myself that he would not do.”
Rugby coach Chauncey Cunningham shared a story he felt best represented Lantz, the young man he called forever family.
During a tackling drill at rugby practice, Lantz called out the biggest guy on the team.
“He was so courageous, calling out a 325- pound guy to tackle him,” Evert said.
Although Lantz got knocked down hard, Cunningham said he shook it off with grace.
“He got up and said, ‘ I’ll get him next time,’ ” Cunningham said.
Lantz’s perseverance and hard work were a running theme for those who spoke of him.
“In life and in sports, when he got hit, he got up faster and harder,” said 18- year- old rugby teammate Josh Lyons.
At the start of the service, Fryar asked churchgoers to extend prayers toward the family of Max Gantnier, a sophomore who died Monday after the freezing waters of the retention pond left him in critical condition following the Jan. 14 fall that took Lantz’s life.
Athird teen, Cole Robinson, was treated and released after the accident.
Dramatic audio from the 911 call that led police to the three teens revealed that a classmate of the
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