MANSFIELD, Mass. (WPRI) — Grief counselors were on hand at Qualters Middle School in Mansfield Thursday, as the community mourns the loss of a teenage boy.
Shane Farrell, 13, was riding his bicycle near the bike path on East Street around 2 p.m. Wednesday — when police say he was struck and killed by a school bus.
State and local agencies are investigating the crash and are trying to determine exactly what happened.
Meanwhile, a family friend told Eyewitness News that Shane’s father, who has no other children, holds no anger toward the bus driver — and hopes to be able to meet with the driver to offer forgiveness.
Shane’s family released a statement Wednesday, saying:
We are all in a state of profound shock and disbelief at this time. We have suffered a great loss and are doing our best to get through it with the love and support of our friends, family and church. Shane was a remarkable young man who touched the lives of many people. His loss has shaken us deeply and we will need time and space to get through this . We respectfully ask for privacy while we grieve the loss of Shane. Our hearts are sad but we take comfort in the wonderful memories we have with him and knowing that he is now with the Lord. Thank you for respecting our wishes and giving us privacy that this difficult time.”
Eyewitness News has learned that a GoFundMe.com page has been started to help the family pay for his funeral expenses.