Ethan Rubenzer’s life celebrated by classmates on what would have been his 12th Birthday


The life of a Spartanburg boy killed in a car crash one week ago was celebrated at his school Friday on what would have been his 12th birthday.  

High Point Academy students and teahers shared stories of a classmate that will truly be missed.

There was a sea of pink, shirts, hair and posters, not the typical High Point Academy school colors, but Ethan Rubenzer’s favorite, a boy, who by all accounts, dared to be different.

“Something I really cherished about Ethan was that he didn’t really care what other people thought about him,” said Tessa Porter, Ethan’s High Point science teacher.

His classmate and friend Bryce Thomas came up with the birthday celebration idea.

“He was probably the bravest and smartest and funniest kids I’ve ever known, he never really stopped to say anything mean or he never took offense, he would just say thank you,” said Thomas.

Today his sister and his grandparents came to hear the kind words, dedicate a weeping cherry blossom, soon to have pink petals,  and witness the spirit of Ethan soar through a bubble release.

On the minds of so many there, were how Ethan saved so many lives through the donation of 8 organs so far including his heart which went to a 53 year old in Wisconsin (the same state where Ethan is from).  

“Ethan gave his heart metaphorically because of how loving he was but now he’s literally giving his heart and even though he’s done being our miracle, he’s just beginnig to be someone else’s miracle,” said Ethan’s sister, Grace Rubenzer.

In his own words that his English teacher read allowed from an essay he had written, Ethan even had a chance to thank the first responders who tried to save him the ones that showed up today to honor him.

He had written:

“These are the people who truly deserve to live on this wonderful earth.  These men and women save us.  They deserve to be rememberd in life and in death.”   

 Ethan may not have seen himself as a hero, but the people who knew and loved him, know better.

Ethan’s mother was the one driving when her car was hit.   Ethan’s sister told 7News she’s now out of the hospital after suffering some broken ribs but she’s still in physical pain only makes the emotional pain that much harder.

Meanwhile police say Michael Eugene Kelley II was in court once again Friday.  He’s charged with DUI after police say he caused the wreck while out on bond from a prior drug charge.

We’re waiting to hear back on whether a judge will deny Kelley’s appeal to get out on bond.

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