Family, friends and search volunteers gather for private memorial service for Lucas

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) A picture of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez smiling sat at the front of the room where his family and friends along with search volunteers gathered to celebrate his life.

The family extended a personal invitation to Eyewitness news to attend.

Three objects, a Batman box, a book, and a stuffed animal all contained Lucas' ashes, each going to a different family member.

Pastor Tom Scott spoke on behalf of the family, describing Lucas as a boy with an endless love for life, "He loved his family, his sister, brother, parents, grandparents. He liked to be outside and play, he was adventurous, he loved to make forts out of boxes."

Pastor Scott also read messages, one written by Lucas' father Jonathan.

"I love you more than what you can imagine, I miss you beyond any words that can be spoken, hearing you say I love you daddy will echo in my soul forever, this isn't goodbye, only I'll see you later bubba, my mini me, my world. Daddy loves you."

Sheila Medlam, one of the many volunteers who for months searched for Lucas also wrote a message.

"We want you to know Lucas was with us every single day, he guided us into the hidden beauty of the world around us," Medlam wrote.

The memorial wasn't long, but it gave those who love Lucas a chance to come together.

"We're not here to say goodbye, just see you later," Pastor Scott says.