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Stevey Mendoza Touched the Lives of Many

A memorial was held in his honor on Saturday Night.

Thirteen-year-old Steven "Big Stevey" Mendoza passed away in front of Main Prairie High School Friday night.

He collapsed suddenly while walking with friends on the 300 block of C Street, according to the Dixon Police Department. He was pronounced dead about an hour later at Sutter Davis Hospital. Details about the cause of death are not yet known. 

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At Saturday's memorial, Stevey's favorite music was played as attendees lit candles and paid tribute to his memory. Red balloons (Stevey's favorite color) were handed out to those in attendance.  

People brought t-shirts and teddy bears to lay at the spot where he fell down. Stevey's stepmother spoke briefly before the balloons were released.  A youth pastor spoke as well, along with tearful stories told by many others. 

The Dixon Teen Center, a frequent hangout for Stevey, had been open since 2 p.m. that day and many of his friends had been there for hours talking about what happened on Friday night.

Stevey was a boy who could light a room up with his smile, according to friends and family. Here are some memories that were shared on Facebook by those close to him: 

  • "RIP Steven :(( i didnt believe it til i saw those candles in front of maine prarie last nite imma miss youu :("
  • "Cant sleep today was one of the saddest days in my life rip Steven Mendoza forever in our hearts:'("
  • "Mijo no puedo creerlo ...sabes q siempre tuvimos carino por ti y siempre te recordaremos y viviras en nuestros corazones"
  • "I love You lil stevey Ima miss you;'''("
  • "One of the hardest thing to [believe] is that you won't be here anymore:'( but ... You will always be in our hearts because at some point of our lives you were here for us♥ Those laughs & funny talks we went through , Imma Miss It .. Your voice laugh&You</3"

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Layla Beebe October 01, 2012 at 05:12 PM
It was stevies tia sylvia that spoke before the release of the balloons. We love u stevie
rayven pierson October 01, 2012 at 11:06 PM
i love you stevey you will be missed and forever in our hearts i will never foeget you!!!!
rayven pierson October 01, 2012 at 11:07 PM
i love you stevey you will be missed and forever in our hearts i will never foeget you!!!!
ladd girl October 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM
was this caused by a heart attack ? the family is in my prayers
Anthony lopez November 02, 2012 at 08:00 PM
REST IN PARADISE LIL BROTHER EVEN THO U WERE MY CUZIN U WERE MORE LIKE MY LIL BROTHER I LOVE AND MISS U STEV-O NEVER CHANGE UR WAYS GONE BUT NEVER 4GOTTEN~ANTHONY

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