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Friends, Family Attend Vigil for Logan Blake

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Tears and silence hovered over Arthur Elementary School Wednesday night as family and friends gathered to remember a vibrant Cedar Rapids teenager whose death still has many in shock.

After hours of searching, firefighters found the body of 17-year-old Logan Blake in Cedar Lake Tuesday afternoon.

That’s after he was swept in the city’s sewer system near Arthur Elementary School, Monday evening.

Logan had been playing Frisbee with friends in that area when he entered the sewer. One friend, 17-year-old David Bliss, went in after him. Bliss survived a mile-and-a-half blast through the pipes. He came out in Cedar Lake unharmed. Logan, however, didn’t survive.

His parents were among those at Wednesday night’s event. His mom said Logan lived life to the fullest up to the very end.

“I planned services for my son today, which is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do as a mom. Services are Saturday and visitation is Friday night and we get through that and we’ll take it a day at a time and live life just like Logan did,” said Logan’s Mother Candice Blake.

One after another people shared thoughts and memories about Logan. A crowd of about a hundred people attended the vigil. Some shared stories about how Logan was always on an adventure. They lit candles and tossed flowers into the storm drain by Arthur. But among all the comments, many say his smile was what they’d never forget.

“I never, ever saw anything but a smile on his face,” said Logan’s Friend Ethan Cross.

“I have been crying for two days, three days. I haven’t slept, and I’m tired of it. He was always smiling, he wants us to smile. He doesn’t want us to cry,” said Logan’s Friend Jacob Boatwright.

“He is probably trying to make God smile or doing something fun. I’m sure. He is a missed man. We lost a saint here and they got one in heaven,” said Logan’s Uncle Matt Blake.

Among all the tears Wednesday evening, though, there was also a lot of laughter. Many people said they hope to live a little bit more like Logan in the future.

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