Memorial Service Friday for Boy Who Died on Kansas Water Slide

Courtesy Schwab Family(OLATHE, Kan.) -- A memorial service will be held Friday afternoon for the 10-year-old boy who died on a water slide in Kansas.

The victim, Caleb Schwab, suffered a fatal neck injury on the Verruckt water slide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City on Sunday, officials said.

Caleb's father is state Rep. Scott Schwab.

"Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those he came in contact with," Rep. Schwab said on Sunday.

Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick sent an email on Sunday to other members of the state Legislature, asking them to pray for the family.

"It is with an absolutely broken heart we have to ask for prayers for the Schwab family, who suddenly and tragically lost their sweet and energetic son in an accident today," he wrote. "No words can express the pain we all feel for this terrible tragedy."

Family pastor Clint Sprague said Caleb "was an incredible young man" who was "full of life."

He was "affectionate" and a "hugger," Sprague said, and he loved baseball, basketball and his church.

"Caleb was a 10-year-old child, but in many ways, he was a man of God," Sprague said.

The memorial service will be held at the LifeMission Church in Olathe, Kansas, at 2 p.m. local time.

The park has reopened. However, the Verruckt ride will remain closed for the season, the water park said. The Kansas City Police Department is investigating the accident.

The water park said in a statement Tuesday, "We continue to pray and keep in our thoughts everyone impacted by the tragic events on Sunday, and we are keeping the Schwab family in our prayers."

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Jane Sanders recalled how her husband -- Bernie Sanders, Democratic senator from Vermont and former presidential candidate -- once spent a night in jail with Gregory after protesting segregation in Chicago.

RIP Dick Gregory, a good & brave man. He & @SenSanders spent the night in jail together for protesting Chicago segregated schools in the 60s https://t.co/pYpMU34eOx

— Jane O'Meara Sanders (@janeosanders) August 20, 2017

Democratic National Committee vice chairman Keith Ellison posted a photo of himself with Gregory. "Thank you for giving yourself to all of us," he wrote.

Dick Gregory, may God Bless you and Keep you. Thank you for giving yourself to all of us. pic.twitter.com/Z1dLIvYuBn

— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) August 20, 2017

Activist and writer Shaun King posted pictures of Gregory as a young man. "Rest in power, good sir," King wrote.

Because many of you probably only knew Dick Gregory as an older man, I wanted to show you these young images.

Rest in power good sir. pic.twitter.com/ZayInokcaJ

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 20, 2017

Singer John Legend called Gregory a "groundbreaker in comedy and a voice for justice."

Dick Gregory lived an amazing, revolutionary life. A groundbreaker in comedy and a voice for justice. RIP

— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 20, 2017

Some people posted excerpts from Gregory's memoir, "Callous on My Soul," such as when he wrote about a waitress in the South telling him that they "don't serve colored people."

White lady: We don't serve colored people here.

Dick Gregory: I don't eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.

RIP Mr. Gregory😰 pic.twitter.com/t8dnuRJhBC

— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 20, 2017

Here is a sample of some other tweets paying tribute to Gregory and lamenting his passing.

Comedian Dick Gregory always told it like it is. Our laughter was fuel to fight for justice in an unjust world. RIP 1932-2017 pic.twitter.com/wpbdEkvny1

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 20, 2017

Marching w/ King. Sitting w/ Ali. Paving the way for our comedic greats. All while fighting for us.

Rest well Dick Gregory. #blkcreatives pic.twitter.com/GsfRTjHSuy

— #blkcreatives netwrk (@blkcreatives) August 20, 2017

He taught us how to laugh. He taught us how to fight.He taught us how to live.Dick Gregory was committed to justice.I miss him already. #RIP pic.twitter.com/3CfpM2O17D

— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) August 20, 2017

Rest In Peace to civil rights icon Dick Gregory. An inspiration. A hero. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/kIzeYMNjor

— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 20, 2017


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