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Outpouring of condolences for Collins family

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Memorial service Monday for local student

By Carol A. Clark

A public memorial service for Logan Collins is set for 2 p.m. Monday at the Los Alamos Middle School Gymnasium, followed by a public reception in the LAMS cafeteria.

Collins, 12, sustained severe head injuries from being struck by a vehicle after exiting an Atomic City Transit bus Wednesday evening on San Ildefonso Road at Hawk Drive.

The seventh grader was on his way to basketball practice at LAMS gymnasium when the accident occurred.

“The family would like the community to know what a great kid Logan was. He was so kind, handsome, athletic and he had a brilliant mind, he was very smart and we’ll just miss him forever,” Collins’ grandmother Suzie Boulden said this morning.

There’s been an out pouring of condolences expressed to Collins’ family.

“The staff and students  of Los Alamos Middle School are going to miss Logan tremendously. His bright smile will be sorely missed in the days to come,” Principal Donna Grim said. “Students have been sharing wonderful things about him such as ‘Logan was a true friend. He was always able to notice if someone needed something or was in trouble. Logan could reach out to them and make them feel better.’

Another student said, ‘Logan had a way of making us laugh and not worry about silly things.’ And another said, ‘Logan was goofy! In a good way.’

One of his good friends said, ‘He really loved basketball and was learning to skateboard. I loved him and he was my best friend and I will miss him a lot. I am really thinking about his family and what a big loss it was. It is just hard to know that I will never see him again.’

“Students also have been sharing about how shocking this is and reaching out to each other to be helpful and supportive. There have been counselors available to meet with students to support them with their grief, sadness and shock,” Grim said.

Superintendent Gene Schmidt also expressed his thoughts.

“The passing of one of our students has sucked the joy out of our day. On behalf of the school district, I want to extend my condolences and heartfelt wishes to the Collins family, Schmidt said. “Our entire community grieves this tragic event. Conversations from students and staff quickly became celebrations on Logan’s life.”

There was confusion Thursday regarding the time of Collins’ death. Los Alamos Public Schools broadcast an e-alert at 11:29 a.m. Thursday announcing that at 5 a.m. Collins had been pronounced dead.

The Monitor placed calls for official confirmation to police and University of New Mexico Hospital personnel throughout the day. As an organ donor, Collins remained on life support for several more hours.

Police issued an official statement at 6:30 p.m. Thursday confirming 2:46 p.m. as Collins’ time of death. The Office of the Medical Investigator this morning also pronounced 2:49 p.m. Thursday as the official time of Collins’ death.

County Administrator Tony Mortillaro spoke of Collins’ death this morning.

“Logan’s death is very sad for me as a county administrator and a parent — anytime the community loses a youth it’s very heartbreaking. I wish the family strength and send my condolences as they go through this very difficult time,” Mortillaro said.

Police Chief Wayne Torpy also expressed his condolences to the family.

“This is just such a tragic event. Our hearts go out to family,” Torpy said.

Police report the investigation into the accident that took Collins’ life continues.

The family is requesting in lieu of flowers that community members donate to a memorial fund set up at Los Alamos National Bank.

For volunteer information, access http://rememberinglogan.blogspot.com.