Family and friends say goodbye to Kyle Plush

A funeral mass was held for 16-year-old Kyle Plush. Plush died after becoming trapped in his minivan (WKRC)

EAST END, Ohio (WKRC) - A steady crowd of friends and family filled an East End church during a funeral mass for Kyle Plush. Kyle is the 16-year-old Seven Hills student who died after getting trapped in his minivan.

The funeral was held on April 16 at St. Rose Church on Riverside Drive.

Last week, the family released a statement reading in part:

"Anyone who ever encountered Kyle knows he lit up a room with his larger than life, funny, smart and positive personality with inclusion of all. His friends know him as a leader with incredible potential that kept them laughing with his wit and innovative mind. He is unforgettable and we, as a family, will make sure he is never forgotten."

Hundreds of messages from people all across the country have been written to the family in the guestbook section of his obituary on

One from Oklahoma reads, "Dear Plush family, your dear son, Kyle, has touched so many lives by his story, his smile, and his love for you. We do not know each other, but it is easy to see what a wonderful young man he was. His beautiful spirit is reaching across the miles. My heart aches for you and your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers."

Plush's gym teacher and swim coach at Mercy Montessori, Tom Grant, was among the many mourners at Monday's service. "All the outpouring of the Seven Hills community, the Mercy Montessori community, and all Kyle's relatives and extended family was really displayed today at St. Rose Church."

Sunday, a line of hundreds of mourners wrapped around the T.P. White funeral home in Mt. Washington.

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