KENNEWICK, Wash-- A bike ride in a small Kennewick neighborhood has an ending almost impossible to imagine--the handle bars fatally injuring 10 year-old Joel Diaz.
"It's just so hard, you know? To sum up, even though it's just 10 years, to put it into little qualities. As he was developing, he would always come up with something new," his father, Peter says. "So it's like meeting a new kid as they grow up, it's like meeting a new person every day."
Joel was the hugger in the Diaz family. And he was the artistic one.
"He was super artistic and creative," his brother Adam says. "He always had little drawings, little clay figurines that he would put together. It was adorable. He had a real talent for a 10 year old."
One of six kids, Joel was home schooled alongside his brothers and sisters.
"That's going to be the hardest thing--the gap that's left between the 3 boys who like we say, 3 peas in a pod," his mother Julie tells us.
In the wake of such unimaginable tragedy, the family has kept strong in their faith and they know life is good.
"Joel is gone and we don't think he went from bad to worse. We think he went from good to great," dad remembers.