Friends proud of Chester boy who died saving sister from hit-and-run

The State | Andrew Dys

At the top of the little hill in Chester, in a small church, the best of America lay in a casket. Inside the casket was a boy named La’Darious Wylie who did not talk about courage, but pushed his sister out of the way of a car and died because of it.

“He was a hero,” said 10-year-old Christopher Johnson. “La’Darious saved his sister.”

Christopher said he heard La’Darious pushed his sister out of the road before she could be hit by a car. The car hit La’Darious instead.

Christopher Johnson’s tiny voice trembled and he said, “La’Darious was my best friend. And now he is gone.”

La’Darious’ family members say he pushed his younger sister, Sha’Vonta, 7, out of the way the morning of Oct. 27 when both were waiting for the school bus. A car smashed into La’Darious, and the next day he died. But before he died, his mother agreed that his organs would be donated so that other children might live.

That was the heroism of this funeral at Browns Chapel AME Zion Church on Thursday afternoon. No politicians, no promises. The courage to act was its own stage, and forever LaDarious Wylie will be the only star.

The church was so full, people had to stand outside to try to listen to the greatness of a child. Continue reading


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