Along with his big personality and love of sports, Logan's father said he "had so much to offer" because of the kindness he showed to others.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on March 17, 2022. It has since been updated.
9-year-old Logan Gagnier had a fun Friday with his family, and the boy went to bed after a great day on March 11, 2022. However, he never woke up the next day, according to PEOPLE.
The boy from Utah had died on Friday night, his uncle, JD Sheppard, told KSTU. "Saturday morning, the house kind of starts waking up and mom said, 'Where's Logan?' They went to wake him up, and unfortunately, he passed early on in the evening," Sheppard said.
The distraught relative, who created a GoFundMe to help support his nephew's family, wrote on the fundraising page that Logan had "no known sickness or trauma."
"We had no warning," Sheppard said. "But God gave us some special moments."
In a heartbreaking post on Facebook, Logan's mom Rebbeca Gagnier shared how her world shattered in an "instant."
After spending the day with his family, Logan Gagnier, 9, unexpectedly died after going to bed on Friday night. https://t.co/G3HAYJAxlQ— LC (@WoodlandBelle) June 28, 2022
"Your world can shatter in an instant. When it’s a normal Saturday morning and you think your 9-year-old who went to bed perfectly healthy is just sleeping in from a late night the night before and then you tell your 7-year-old to go wake him up and he comes down and says he isn’t moving."
"Then your 15-year-old has to call 911 and perform CPR while you call your husband who is 2 hours away to tell him to get home because you have already seen him and know our Logan has been gone for hours. Our world will never be the same," she wrote.
"Please pray for my husband and me to know how to breathe," she begged her friends and family.
"My oldest daughter ran upstairs just to see if he was okay and found him unresponsive," father Garth Gagnier told KSL-TV through tears. "He'd been gone for hours." He also added that they have no idea what caused their precious little boy's death as the preliminary autopsy was incomplete. "He was healthy and he was active, so that's what's confusing and frustrating," he shared.
Now, the grieving family is seeking comfort in the fact that even though his time was short, Logan "lived life to the fullest."
"He loved BYU football, family time, and was always looking to make people laugh," his uncle wrote on the GoFundMe page. "Our hearts are broken, but we know he was received into heaven by angels," he added. "If there is a football field in heaven, he is catching touchdown passes today, and taking a break eating Oreos and Doritos."
He added, "Please pray for his family who has to struggle with living with the hole in their home and their hearts. We love you, Logan."
Along with his big personality and love of sports, Logan's father said he "had so much to offer" because of the kindness he showed to others. "When people are so focused on differences, Logan had so much to offer because he treated people like they were people," he said. "So, I think what Logan would say he wanted to get out of his life was that."
Meanwhile, Logan's school also paid tribute to the fourth-grade student on campus on March 14, 2022.
"We will begin to honor and remember him on Monday, March 14, with a ribbon tying event," the Mountain Trails Elementary PTA wrote on its Facebook account. "Students and their families who wish to help can meet at 1:00 p.m. in front of the school. Logan's favorite colors were ours, orange and blue."
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