February 10, 2018 06:25 PM
There was a sea of vehicles, people and fish houses on Chisago Lake Saturday afternoon.
The crowds gathered to remember 8-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter Jr.
Alan Geisenkoetter Jr. died on Jan. 30, days after he was struck by a snowmobile operated by Eric Joseph Coleman. His father, Alan Geisenkoetter Sr., was also struck by the snowmobile and suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Coleman now faces charges including criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operation and one count of DWI.
Al Geisenkoetter, the grandfather of Alan Geisenkoetter Jr., said losing a grandchild is something he never thought would happen to his family.
"You feel sorry for the other people that do, but there's really no way to express the feelings," he said.
Organizers of the memorial event expected between 600 and 800 attendees.
The event included ice fishing, a silent auction and a raffle.
Erin Nelson, whose daughter was in the same class as Alan Geisenkoetter Jr., said it's hard to imagine what the Geisenkoetter family is going through.
"It's really emotional, (putting) you in the other parent's shoes," she said. "Picturing our 8-year-old daughter in the same situation, it's horrifying."
Organizers said all proceeds from the event are going to support the Geisenkoetter family.
Updated: February 10, 2018 06:25 PM
Created: February 10, 2018 04:32 PM
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