The Lexington community and others are mourning the loss of Richard Culliver.
Lexington, SC (WLTX) - The Lexington community and others are mourning the loss of Richard Culliver.
Sunday morning, he lost his lengthy battle with brain cancer.
"The young man had a warriors heart and he didn't quit and he kept fighting," Jeff Sarokas.
Two years ago Richard Culliver was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, something that carries a less than 12 month lifespan after being diagnosed.
But Richard, his mother Stephanie and others wouldn't let that news discourage them. Richard kept fighting and in September the tumor shrunk, allowing him to regain his motor skills.
Last week his tumor came back...and early Sunday morning Richard passed away.
"Richard taught us a lesson, N.E.E.G.U, Never ever, ever give up and that's going to be my message going forward to tell other people, never ever give up."
In order to help with medical bills, the Lexington Community quickly organized a Rockin' for Richard fundraiser, after hearing the news of his death it became a memorial as well.
"Even people who don't know him are mourning his loss and they also want to help, people just want to help, because no nine year old should have to suffer like that and nobody wants to see a child suffer," said Danielle Buol.
Despite his short life, Richard has accomplished a lot. He was a Richland and Lexington County Deputy... He earned his wings with the South Carolina National Guard and finished boot camp at Ft. Jackson just to name a few.
But he's also touched the hearts of many, like Jeff Sarokas.
"I feel very fortunate to have gotten to know the young man in the short opportunities that I've had," said Sarokas.
Sarokas and others in Lexington County say their heart is heavy... first losing Kennedy Branham and now Richard.
"The concern is how do we prevent this from happening again because whatever we think, one is too many and Richard is not alone he is in heaven with Kennedy, and that's two that have been close to the hearts of many in Lexington County and for other people, but one is too many, we need to stop counting, we need to figure out a way to make it stop."
Monday, there will be a light the night vigil for Richard at the fountain by the Lexington County Courthouse at 7PM.
Funeral arrangements have not been given at this time.