Hundreds remember boy killed by motorcyclist while playing 'Pokemon Go' in Roseville
Ryan Mannes, 14, killed while playing Pokemon Go
ROSEVILLE, Mich. – Hundreds of people turned out in Roseville Monday night to remember 14-year-old Ryan Mannes, who was killed Friday night while playing "Pokemon Go."
Mannes was hit by a motorcyclist who police say was driving drunk.
Friends and family said Mannes loved sports and played shortstop for his school baseball team. His classmates said he was a happy person who loved to hang out with his friends.
"I can't even imagine the heartbreak," a family friend said. "I can't even imagine."
"He was a very sweet boy," said Summer Smith, Mannes' friend. "He came over to my house a lot and he was very funny."
Mannes was playing Pokemon Go Friday night at 11 Mile Road and Demerick Street when police said Cody Soucie, 24, ran the teen over with his motorcycle.
"He was cool," Jack Perry said. "He was just really hyper and funny. It's just a lot of things going through my head. He was just a really good friend to a lot of people. He sticks up for a lot of people."
Perry, 14, was best friends with Mannes. The two were together when the accident happened.
"He was trying to get a Pokemon that was in the street and he was walking to the other side of the grassy part," Perry said. "He had to get to that side to get it, so he was walking back and (the motorcycle) just flew out of nowhere."
Loved ones said they want to help prevent drunk drivers from destroying the lives of other families. They said it's a loss no family should have to go through.
"If there's one thing anyone can take from this, please don't drink and drive," a family friend said. "Please don't. Just call somebody."
The family started a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses.
Soucie is in custody and charged with one count of operating while intoxicated causing death. He's being held on a $100,000 bail.
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