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Boy dies after farm accident

At 7 years old, Casey Jo Briden was a big boy, both physically and spiritually. Standing about 4 feet 6 inches tall, he was bigger than most kids his age, and he prayed about everything, said Janet Briden, Casey Jo's great aunt. "He was a...

At 7 years old, Casey Jo Briden was a big boy, both physically and spiritually.

Standing about 4 feet 6 inches tall, he was bigger than most kids his age, and he prayed about everything, said Janet Briden, Casey Jo's great aunt.

"He was always the one to remind us to say grace," she said.

Casey Jo died Thursday night after he was hit by a vehicle at his grandparents' farm, about 1½ miles southwest of Sabin, Minn.

The boy's grandfather was backing up a large tanker about 9:30 p.m. when Casey Jo rode his bike behind the truck and was hit, said Clay County Sheriff's Lt. Jerome Thorsen.

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Emergency workers flew the boy by helicopter to MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, where he died from his injuries.

Family members who gathered Friday at the Briden farm remembered an enthusiastic boy who loved steam engines and fishing with his mother, Markell.

His best friend was his only cousin, 5-year-old Kenneth Griffis.

"They were inseparable," Janet Briden said.

Casey Jo, who lived with his mother in Fargo, also loved to ride his new bike, which he received for his birthday last month.

"In his relatively brief time here he filled a space in our hearts that we didn't know was empty," Janet Briden said.

Casey Jo's funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fargo. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Wright Funeral Home Chapel in Moorhead, followed by a prayer service.

Readers can reach Forum reporter David Forster at (701) 235-7311

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