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Family remembers life of 16-year-old son killed in crash

Jimmy Tennison
Posted at 7:09 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 20:10:09-04

GATESVILLE, TX  — Jimmy Tennison fought back tears as he talked about the loss of his son and best friend.

"We did everything together," Tennison said. "I feel like a vacuum cleaner has been hooked up to me and it's just sucked the life out of me."

Kyle's sister, Megan Beard, said her heart is broken.

"My brother was just so perfect and wonderful," Beard said. "I feel like I'm in a nightmare and I just want someone to wake me up from this. I need him, just one big hug."

Kyle Tennison, 16, and Ethan Sandell, 16, were killed after crashing into a tree early Saturday morning. The Texas Department of Public Safety said the accident happened just after 1 a.m. on Cedar Ridge Road, north of Old Osage Road in Coryell County.

"It shouldn't have happened, but it has and we will never get him back. He's never coming home," Tennison said. "No more text messages, no more phone calls, no more nothing."

Tennison's 9-year-old nephew, Austin, feels the same pain.

"I just can't imagine him gone," Austin said. "It's just sad to know that he's gone, but it's good to know he's in a better place. It's also good to know he didn't suffer."

Austin said Kyle loved to joke around, play cards and video games.

When he visited Kyle and Ethan's memorial, he left two jokers from a deck of cards in their memory.

"I looked up to him because of how funny he was," Austin said. "I do that at my school now, I'm just funny to make everyone laugh."

The memorial is covered with flowers and messages from friends that tell stories of Kyle's compassion and bravery. Tennison said Kyle was known for sticking up for the little guy.

"The kids that were down and out, he'd cheer them up, make them feel a part of the crowd," Tennison said. "There's a kid here from Spain. Just moved here not long ago and he's made him feel like he's lived here all his life."

Tennison smiled as he explained the saying Kyle used to explain what made him so special.

"If he shot a 40-foot hoop shot and made it, 'oh it's a Tennison thing!" Tennison said. "Anything that was outstanding or spectacular, 'oh, that's a Tennison thing!' He loved being a Tennison."

It's the strength of a Tennison that will get through this together.

To make a donation to cover Kyle Tennison's funeral costs, click here.

Kyle's funeral service has been set for May 4 at 10 a.m. at Coryell Community Church. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 3 at Scott's Funeral Home.