Memorial service held for Caleb Schwab

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP and KWCH) UPDATE: A memorial service was held Friday for Caleb Schwab. The 10-year-old died on Sunday from a neck-injury he suffered while riding the Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kan.

Family and friends gathered at LifeMission Church in Olathe to remember Caleb. Nearly a week after his death, those closet to the boy say they are still struggling to come to grips with the loss.

His father, Rep. Scott Schwab, remembered him as a boy who loved playing sports like baseball and soccer.

He also spoke about how kind and compassionate his son was, telling about Caleb's reaction to the news his dad had been laid off.

"Caleb was five at the time and he just turned around to me and said, 'Dad, I'm so sorry that happened to you.' And I just...whoa....I was the kid who scraped the knee at that moment and he held me. That was Caleb," said Rep. Schwab.

Team members of Caleb's baseball and soccer teams sat in the front row during the service. After Rep. Schwab's eulogy of his son, they all gathered around and did a chant for their teammate.

Caleb would have started fifth grade this school year.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help a Kansas lawmaker's family cover funeral expenses for a 10-year-old son who died at a water park in Kansas City, Kansas.

The campaign set up for the family of state Rep. Scott Schwab of Olathe had raised more than $24,000 by Monday evening.

Ten-year-old Caleb Thomas Schwab died Sunday at Schlitterbahn water park.

Monday afternoon, the pastor for the Schwab family's Olathe church addressed the media on the family's behalf. Life Mission Church Pastor Clint Sprague says the family attended church service Sunday before going to the water park.

He says Caleb's death is devastating and there is no way to prepare for this type of tragedy. Sprague says Caleb has three younger brothers at home and the Schwab family is relying on their faith at this time.

Sprague talked about Caleb's faith and his love of family.

"The community's losing a young man who's already a solid man of faith, even at 10 years old," Sprague says. "He genuinely loved people."

Sprague described Caleb as "incredibly articulate, energetic and intelligent."

"He was a great kid," the pastor says.

Sprague reminded people of the GoFundMe account and encouraged everyone to pray for the Schwab family and to give them space.

The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission was having a short meeting Monday to discuss whether state campaign finance laws apply to the fundraising effort. Executive Director Carol Williams said the commission received numerous inquiries from lobbyists who want to donate.

Monday afternoon, Sprague did not have an update on the investigation into Caleb's death.

"What I can tell you is the family is coming together and grieving together," he says.