Parents of boy killed at Hanging Lake: 'I'm going to miss him dearly'

Posted at 6:11 PM, Jun 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-19 00:17:53-04

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo.--A family is dealing with the tragic death of their 8-year-old son after a freak accident at Hanging Lake.

The boy was hit with a falling rock and died instantly. Noah’s funeral was Friday.

Denver7 spoke with the family about their message to the community who has given them so much support. Aaron and Lisa Ragon said they don’t want their awful experience to frighten families and keep them from enjoying the Colorado outdoors.

Last week, Noah and his family went to Hanging Lake like they’ve done so many times before. At some point after a hike, Noah wanted to go over to the nearby waterfall, called Spouting Rock.

The Ragon’s initially thought Noah had slipped and fallen, but now they believe a rock fell and hit him.

“The grief is deeper than anything I’d ever imagined. I’m going to miss him dearly. We are stunned. We are really in shock,” said Aaron Ragon.

The couple’s other son, who is 5 years old, is coping with this brother’s death as best he can.

“We’ve always been a family of four and suddenly we are a family of three and I think that’s going to be very difficult for us to grasp when the dust settles,” said Lisa Ragon.

The family plans to go back to Hanging Lake to have a ceremony as part of their closure.