By Elizabeth Matthews

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - Classmates of a 9-year-old boystruck and killed by a car are trying to raise money to help his family pay for the funeral.

Thelife of Lonnie Avent was cut short. He was playing in a north St. Louis city alleyway when a car accidentally struck him and he died a short time after at a local hospital.

"I miss his smile and his laughter," said his best friend Joseph Amrein.

One week later those that knew and loved the boy stand in the same spot and remember the bright third grader.

"Lonnie was my best friend and I want to help out for him a lot," said Amrein.

Friday, Amrein and the fifth graders of Sappington Elementary are going to set up "Lemonade for Lonnie," a lemonade stand raising money to help the family with burial costs.

Joseph's mother says Lonnie was like a son to her.

"Lonnie was such a good kid he was so kind and caring, so helpful," said Kimberly Amrein.

"Sometimes I get upset, but I work through it," said Joseph who thinks that's the best thing to do right now. "Hang in there and we will get through it somehow."

The lemonade stand will begin at 10 a.m. on the Sappington Elementary School parking lot, 11011 Gravois Road, Sappington, Mo.

If you can't make it, school administrators say you can write a check to "Lindbergh Schools" and in the memo line write "Lonnie Avent."

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