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Gilbert student dies from ATV wreck injuries

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Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 1:16 pm | Updated: 12:39 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Logan Walters loved to have fun, ride ATVs and make his friends laugh.

The Gilbert 13-year-old, an eighth-grader at Greenfield Junior High School, was a "great" kid who always had a smile on his face, said Greenfield Junior High Principal Joyce Meyer.

Friends and Gilbert Unified School District staff members remembered him Tuesday after hearing of his death.

"A lot of them (Logan's friends) found out last night through text messages and are devastated," Meyer said. "One minute they're crying, and the next minute they're laughing and telling stories."

Logan died Monday night from head injuries sustained after an ATV accident two weeks ago. Logan was thrown from an ATV while riding on a track at Ironwood Road and U.S. 60, Meyer said.

He had brain injuries and had been in a coma at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix since the accident. Logan's family decided to take him off his ventilator Monday night, Meyer said.

"The school is really thinking about the family and doing everything we can do to support his family and friends," Meyer said.

Counselors are available at Greenfield for students, staff and parents, she said.

"Words seem so inadequate, but we want the Walters family to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers," said district spokeswoman Dianne Bowers, in an e-mailed statement. "Students and staff have already begun discussions and will work closely with the family to support them in this time of need."

Logan's sister, Lindsey Walters, is a senior at Gilbert Learning Center, and the school is planning a carwash fundraiser Saturday to benefit the Walters family and another Gilbert Learning Center family, said Gilbert Learning Center Principal Chad Fitzgerald.

The carwash fundraiser will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Valero gas station at Ellsworth and Guadalupe roads in Mesa.

Besides the Walters family, the Gilbert Learning Center community is also raising money for junior Nick Wrona. Nick's mom has stage four adrenal cancer and doesn't have insurance. She needs $10,000 to pay for her next treatment, Fitzgerald said.

The Gilbert Learning Center student council was also meeting Tuesday afternoon to talk about future fundraising activities for the families, Fitzgerald said.

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