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Family and friends remember teen killed in accident

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- Friends and family celebrate and remember the life of a 16-year-old Harrisburg student who died in a car crash last week, just months after his mom passed away in January. 

Standing at just five-foot-five and barely cracking 100 pounds, 16-year-old Garrett Turcott, known as "lil man" in the community, certainly wasn't the biggest person in any room.

He was known for having a big smile and even bigger heart. 

"He'd be just smiling and tell you I love you," said Garrett's Aunt Tammy Smith. 

Friday, Garrett died from injuries sustained during the car crash, leaving the Harrisburg community heartbroken.

Smith says knowing she'll never see that smile flash across her nephew's face again is hard, but she says it's a smile that's impossible to forget. 

"Big, big, big, bright smile," she said. "You can look at pictures. He was always smiling, just smiling with a big heart."

Garrett was heading into his junior year at Harrisburg High school where he played football and wrestled.

He was known for lighting up hallways and classrooms with his big personality. 

"Always had a smile on is face going though the halls," said Harrisburg High School principal Scott Dewar. "Always kind of considered him kind of a jokester, he was always laughing and having a good time and having fun, so he made education fun for everybody."

Though his tragic death came far too soon, friends and family say once the tears clear up, they'll remember Garrett by the smiles he put on their faces. 

"Love, love, just great love," Smith said. "He had great love for anybody. It warms your heart. It was a smile that you'll never forget."

Wooded Hill's Bar and Grill in Harrisburg will be holding a fundraiser for the Turcott Family Thursday at 5 p.m. 

Garrett's visitation will be at Harrisburg High school on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and his funeral will take place Saturday at 11 a.m.

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