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Community remembers Anusha Yagey

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Anusha Yagey was only 16 when he was killed in a car crash last week. Loved ones celebrated his life during a funeral service on Monday. Our Cara Thomas spoke with a few friends who reflect on memories of Anusha they say they'll never forget.

HOLLAND PATENT, N.Y. -- "He was just so happy all the time. I never saw him frown once in my entire life," remembers Anusha's friend Noah Roberts.

A beloved friend, brother and son, 16-year-old Anusha Yagey touched the lives of many.

"Happiest kid I've ever seen. He was always smiling from ear to ear, always having fun," said Brandon Lake, another friend of Anusha's.

Originally from Thailand, Anusha was adopted by the Yagey's when he was seven-years-old. But after only nine years with his new family, Anusha's life abruptly ended following a car crash last week. Police say his brother, Joseph Yagey, was driving when the car slid out of control and ran into a box truck carrying cattle.

On Monday, family members and friends gathered and remembered the precious moments they shared with Anusha.

"We used to hang out in the computer room and he'd just try to mess with us and he'd come by and knock on the door and run away or flip the lights on really fast and just blind us and stuff like that," said Roberts.

Or the time a simple trip to buy more lacrosse balls turned into an epic blunder.

"He goes to reach for a box and they just spilled all over the place and Joey just turns around and walks away and you just see him standing there still smiling just oh, ok then," said Lake.

And the memories don't stop there. Friends say Anusha loved to play lacrosse and soccer, he was a high honor student and his favorite colors were red and orange. But the one thing friends say they'll miss most...

"His smile. Walk in his house every time you just see him walk across the house with a smile on his face. No reason, just happy to be there," said Lake.

After the funeral, loved ones released balloons and said goodbye to a teenager who changed their lives forever.

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