CADDO MILLS, Texas — A small Hunt County community is mourning the loss of a beloved little boy. Eight-year-old Brandon Ivy, well known in Caddo Mills for his involvement in youth sports, died Monday when he was hit by a pickup truck — right in front of his rural home.
"He wasn't a big kid, but he had a big heart," said Eddie Hall, one of Brandon’s coaches.
His pastor, Randall Bost of Caddo Mills Faith Bible Church, told News 8 Brandon's death illustrated how he lived life. He ran out into Farm Road 36 to rescue a stray dog. He never saw the oncoming pickup that killed him.
"Brandon is one of those kids that always stands out, sticks out in a crowd because of his demeanor, composure and attitude," Bost said.
The eight-year-old was a familiar face to everyone involved with the Caddo Mills Youth Sports Association, where he had played since he was four years old. Eddie Hall was one of his coaches.
"Brandon was a kid that really — no matter what we asked him to do — he was there and giving it his all," Hall said. "We knew that No. 6 was going to give us 100 percent, every play."
The Foxes football team was scheduled to practice on Monday night, but the coaches canceled so Brandon's teammates could grieve with their families.
"Last night at practice, we broke it to the team," Hall said. "We let them know last night that he was in a tragic accident and passed away from his injuries."
The Foxes will play for the 8 and 9-year-old title on Saturday afternoon. A win would have been Brandon's fifth straight championship.
"We're involved with several hundred kids in our youth sports association, and you never realize how much you love each individual kid until something like this happens," Hall said.
Caddo Mills is a town of just 1,200 people. The pastor says when a tragedy like this takes place, everyone seems to come together, like a family, to offer their prayers and support.
The Caddo Mills Youth Sports Association has set up an account to help the Ivy family. Details are on the organization's website.