Geneseo family speaks after youngest son’s death – KWQC-TV6

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GENESEO, Illinois (KWQC) - Alex Joseph is from a small town in Vermont so when he and his wife were looking for a place to raise their two boys they thought Geneseo would be the perfect place. The Josephs moved to Illinois just four or five months ago and hadn't had a chance to meet many of their neighbors.
"So when this all happened we thought we were going through this alone, and that couldn't have been further from the truth, we were going through this with the whole community, " Joseph told KWQC.
Carter and his mother were hit by a car in a freak accident in a church parking lot on February 28th.
Just a few weeks before the accident, Alex took several portraits of his youngest son for a project Carter had at school.
"I said do you want to get in front of the camera for daddy, and he jumped on a pelican and started taking poses and I don't know where he got that from spreading his arms out and making faces and being a ham and just a strange moment that he just came out of his shell for a minute and those photos are only a couple ....

"When we finally came to the realization that we had to let Carter go we were welcomed back here with support and love. We were able to make that decision knowing this community was here for us, " he says the community support helped them get through this unimaginable pain.
"So many things started getting donated here in town people's time and effort. that even a lot of the funeral expenses that we were starting to accumulate were being taken care of for us. and so we really wanted to pivot this attention back on Geneseo and the community here. There was nothing we felt right doing with the money besides honoring Carter."
And as a way of giving back, they are launching an organization called
"Outside the Lines" as their way of giving back to the community that has been by their side, while also honoring their son's passion and love for life and art.
"Kelly(Carter's mom) is working through it in her own way. .

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