About 300 people packed a local funeral home Tuesday afternoon to pay their respects to 17-year-old Logan Jesse Raymond.
RCMP are still investigating the cause of the teen’s death whose body was found along Hwy. 2A last week.
At Raymond’s funeral, held at Eventide Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, the teen was remembered as living a “colourful life”.
“This was a young man full of life from a very young age,” said Pastor Jane Mitchell. “He would always bring a smile to someone’s face and he had the utmost concern for family and friends.”
Mitchell explained Raymond’s love for hot wings and nachos, four-by-fouring and the trampoline.
“He also loved animals and he loved little kids,” she said. “Logan was also a mama’s boy.”
Mitchell told a story of when Raymond’s parents sent him to summer camp when he was young and counselors called his home to ask his parents to come and pick him up because he missed his mom.
“Logan will carry on in you and in all of your hearts,” said Mitchell.
Meanwhile, Raymond’s body was discovered at about 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 12, when Red Deer rural RCMP and EMS responded to a report of a person lying on the side of Hwy. 2A. Upon arrival police discovered Raymond dead on the side of the highway. Since then RCMP, with the assistance of the Medical Examiner’s office, has been investigating the circumstances of the tragedy.
An autopsy concluded the 17-year-old was killed as a result of a severe injury to his head.
“Judging by the circumstances it appears there could have been a vehicle involved in some manner,” said RCMP Sgt. Patrick Webb. “Whether he was clipped by a vehicle or whether he came off a vehicle he was on, we’re not sure at this time. Anything is possible.”
He added although preliminary findings into what caused Raymond’s death do not point to murder, it’s not being ruled out.
“It’s very much an odd situation – actually I wouldn’t say that, I would say it’s fairly unique,” said Webb. “With the information we have right now, it doesn’t appear to be a murder, but we aren’t ruling anything out either.”
His father, Kimbal Raymond, said Logan was walking home from Red Deer at the time of the incident.
“I spoke with him at about 11:30 (p.m.) and he was fine. He wasn’t intoxicated,” said Kimbal. “He was in Red Deer and he was walking back to Penhold when this happened. He was supposed to spend the night at his moms. He was trying to clear his head.”
Webb said investigators do have a bit of an advantage when it comes to finding out what happened to Logan.
“We have a limited location and time frame. We know what happened before 11:30 (p.m.) and what happened after 1:30 (a.m.),” he said. “We’ve had numerous witnesses come forward and we’re following up on information.”
Kimbal remembered his son as a “social butterfly.”
“He had 50 million friends and he possessed the qualities of a great person,” said Kimbal. “He put his family and his friends first and always, and he lived life to the fullest.”
Kimbal said his family is still seeking answers into what happened to Logan.
“I understand the police are doing their investigation, but it’s been very hard for us,” said Kimbal. “There’s got to be someone out there who knows something and who has answers.”
More than 400 people have joined a facebook page in memory of Logan.
Friends have written numerous heartfelt messages on the page including “We only had one lacrosse season together, but, I know our families are pretty close because of our brothers. I saw your memorial on the highway today and choked up. You will be missed. Take care buddy,” wrote Quinn Cullen Cameron.
Kathleen Skinner wrote “drove on the highway today logan..couldnt (sic) stop thinking of you… miss you so much bud..”
Allison Klavano said, “As a teacher I have met and taught a lot of kids…you were one of the students of mine that I never forgot and never will forget. Take care of all of us from up there. R.I.P Logan.”
RCMP are asking anyone with information about this incident to call 403-343-5500.