Community mourns passing of 6-year-old Amadeo Alvarez, Jr. in car accident

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Community mourns passing of 6-year-old Amadeo Alvarez, Jr. in car accident
Photo courtesy of the GoFundMe.

The community is grieving the loss of a 6-year-old Little Leaguer whose life was tragically cut short in a car accident in Richmond on Wednesday, April 17.

Amadeo Alvarez Jr. died in a collision that occurred in the area of Carlson and Cutting about 7:29 p.m., according to Richmond police Lt. Donald Patchin.

Four others were injured in the crash, believed to have been caused by speeding, Lt. Patchin said.

The driver of one of the vehicles was arrested for vehicular manslaughter and remains in custody, he added.

The crash has devastated many in the community. A GoFundMe has been launched to support the family of Amadeo.

“At just six years old, Amadeo touched every life he came in contact with, with a smile that could light up a room and a laugh that was infectious,” said Jasmine Douville, author of the GoFundMe who was Amadeo’s kindergarten teacher. “Amadeo was a joyful, vibrant boy with a zest for life that touched everyone who knew him.”

Amadeo was a student at Caliber: Beta Academy. The school’s director of site operations notified the Standard of his passing, requesting that we share this GoFundMe to support his family.

He was an athlete — he loved baseball, basketball and soccer, “playing constantly at school and at home,” Douville wrote. He earned the name “Big Bat” while playing baseball with Tara Hills at 4 years old. He was talented enough to play with older kids when he joined the Richmond Little League.

“His favorite thing to do was practice sports with his Dad and hang out with his teammates,” Douvile said. “His absence has left a void in the hearts of his family and friends that can never be filled.

The GoFundMe aims to support Amadeo’s mother, Carla Lopez and her family, with the financial burden of an unexpected funeral and medical expenses.

“We are asking for your help in easing the financial strain on the family as they navigate through this heartbreaking chapter in their lives,” Douville said. “Your kindness and generosity will provide Carla and her family with the support they desperately need. Let’s come together as a community to show our love for the Alvarez family during this time of profound sadness.”

A candlelight vigil was planned for Amadeo on April 20 at 7 p.m. at the site of the tragic crash.