MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 5-year-old Minneapolis boy killed during the Halloween weekend was trick-or-treating for the first time.
Police say Victor Laureano-Uriza was crossing the street when a car crashed into him near Memorial Parkway and Knox Avenue North Saturday night.
He died just over an hour at North Memorial Medical Center later from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.
“We don’t know what we can say about that because this is so difficult,” Augustine Uriza, Victor’s uncle, said. “I don’t know, I don’t know. I don’t understand.”
For two days, the victim’s family has tried to make sense of their new reality. But when a 5-year-old losses his life, some things will never be the same.
“My family is very, very damaged,” Augustine said.
On Saturday evening, Victor dressed as a transformer and went trick-or-treating with his parents. Just before 9:30 p.m., the little boy was crossing the street when a car crashed into him, pinning him underneath.
“Saturday, in the night, they call me and they had some accident with my nephew,” Augustine said.
Witnesses tried to help, lifting the car and pulling the child from underneath but Victor’s injuries were too severe.
“They take the baby and go to hospital but the hospital can’t do anything,” Augustine said.
A growing memorial marks the spot where many fought frantically to save the little boy’s life.
Many of the mementoes left behind came from Victor’s family who will always remember their energetic 5-year-old who couldn’t wait for his first Halloween.
“It’s so difficult,” Augustine said.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. Investigators say the driver is cooperating with police.
A vigil is planned for Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at the site of the crash.