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Memorial fund opens Monday for child killed at Birmingham airport

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 The FBI's Birmingham Citizens Academy Alumni Association will open a fund for the family of 10-year-old Luke Bresette starting on Monday, March 25, 2013 at all area branches of Cadence Bank. Bressette died after a sign fell on top of him at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport on Friday.

"I am grateful for these citizens coming together to help this family. This terrible tragedy has deeply saddened us all and I am proud that we have good men and women in this community who will stand in the gap as we wait on answers from the Airport Authority," said Mayor William Bell.

Toni Herrera-Bast, spokesperson for the Birmingham Airport Authority says the incident happened on the northeast side of the building around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue officials estimate the sign weighs between 300 to 400 pounds and it took several people to lift flight display board off the family.

The mother, Heather Bresette, was transported to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, and the four children were transported to Children's Hospital. Luke Bresette, 10, was pronounced dead Friday afternoon according to the Jefferson County Coroner.

At last check, Heather Bresette suffering from broken ankles and a pelvis and was unconscious. Two of her children were improving and recovering from injuries at Children's of Alabama hospital.

The airport authority is investigating what caused the display to collapse.

Alabama's 13 learned from our NBC affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri the family is from that area and were traveling from Florida while on spring break.  In an interview, the family's pastor says the Overland Park community is praying for the family , many have plans of support to extend to the family when they return.

"I have offered our full support to the Airport Authority as they investigate what has occurred this afternoon. I have asked our public safety staff to assist this family in their time of need in any way possible as they grapple with what has happened," said Birmingham Mayor William Bell.

The renovated  terminal where the incident occurred opened weeks ago.

A statement from the  Birmingham Airport Authority's chairwoman Gaynell Hendricks, joined by President and CEO of the airport, Mr. AL Densor, reads as follows:

"On behalf of the entire Birmingham Airport Authority, first of all I want to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of the child who passed following an accident Friday at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Our prayers are for the child and his family especially those who are continuing to recover from this unfortunate event.

President and CEO, Al Denson and the staff are continuing to work with officials to investigate.  This includes discussion with contractors and subcontractors responsible for the modernization of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.  

Please be assured that we are making every effort to ensure that no other visitor to this facility faces a similar tragedy in the future."

Donations for the Luke Bresette fund can be made at any Cadence Bank location.

Alabama's 13 Paris Jackson and Amber Roberson contributed to this report.


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