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Family and friends gather to remember Dakota DeMott, who died in crash

Posted: January 11, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 11, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Friends and family of Dakota DeMott gather at St. Clare Catholic Church in Canyon Country on the one-year anniversary of his death on Thursday.

Friends and family of Dakota DeMott gathered at a Canyon Country church Thursday morning for a memorial service honoring the young man who died in a traffic collision a year ago.

“Everyone loved him; he had a lot of good friends,” said his mother, Sherri DeMott, after a brief service at St. Clare Catholic Church in Canyon Country.

Dakota DeMott was a funny, caring young man who often told his mother he would die young, she said.

“I would tell him, ‘No. You’re going to be an old man one day,’” she said smiling but holding back tears.

Dakota DeMott was 19 on Jan. 10, 2012, when the car in which he was riding slammed into a tree on Sand Canyon Road at Alamo Canyon Road in Canyon Country.

Two young men, including DeMott’s high school friend Colt Doherty, are charged with murder in connection with the fatal crash because of their parts in the apparent street-racing incident .

Thursday’s service recognized the one-year anniversary of DeMott’s death.

Dakota DeMott, a graduate of Canyon High School, was enrolled in a course to become a paramedic.

“He taught me a lot of things through his life but I learned even more when he died,” said Rebecca Shows, one of the young man’s close friends who attended Thursday’s service.

“He was always more concerned about other people,” she said. “And he never had a negative thing to say about anybody.”

If a friend was upset, he cheered that person up. If an animal was abandoned, he took it in, Shows said, adding DeMott took in the dog “with the biggest head you’ve ever seen.”

After the service, when the young man’s mother and friends reflected on his short life, there were smiles on each of their faces.

“I miss him terribly,” said his mother. “But I feel like he’s with me.”


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