Teens will help wash away signs of grief after friend killed in crash

6:56 AM, Nov 15, 2007   |    comments
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Instead of lighting candles, many of his friends rode the skateboard in his memory.

When 16-year-old Ethan Tetter moved to Castle Rock, he did not have to look further than Metzler Skatepark to find a friend.

"He would just shred the bowl all day," said Kyle Davis, a fellow skater and one of Tetter's friends.

But 10 months was all the time Tetter's friends got with him. On Tuesday, the Douglas County High School student was killed in a car accident along Loop Road. He was in a car that rolled off a dirt road near Deer Valley Trail around 10 p.m. Tetter was apparently thrown from the car and died at the scene.

The other person in the car was airlifted to the hospital and is expected to recover. That victim's name was not immediately released.

"I just didn't know what to do," said Davis about learning about the crash.

Tetter's friends also did not know how to express their grief. Then one of them thought of spray painting their tributes onto stone.

"That's the only thing we could think to do, so everybody knows," said Davis.

The friends spray painted their names and emotions onto the stone that Tetter had skated with them.

"It's great. I appreciate it. It shows what a good person he was," said Linda Spery, Tetter's mother.

It was good intentions, but it turned out to be a bad idea.

"I'm not sure they understood what spray paint does and how hard it is to remove," said Ron Hanna, director of Castle Rock Parks.

The Castle Rock Park Service got involved. Hanna says he will have to rent a machine to wash away the paint, and he says he is not sure how much it will cost. However, instead of punishment, the officers offered sympathy.

"I just tried to put myself in their shoes. When you're grieving, your emotions take over," said Hanna.

Workers then brought the teens chalk so they could express their emotions for Tetter. In exchange, the teens made a promise.

"Because I painted it, I guess it's my responsibility to clean it up," said Josh Ahrndt, another of Tetter's friends.

The tributes will soon be washed way, but the fun of knowing Tetter and the pain of losing him, will linger with the teens long after the wheels stop rolling in the skate park.

"We all love him and my heart goes out to him," said Ryan Elder, another friend.

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