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Alvarado campaign raising money to build playground in memory of boy

Brandon Wright will spend Father's Day mourning for a 3-year-old son who loved tractors and working alongside his daddy.

The child, Braiden, was killed June 5 in an accident involving a tractor on a farm near Alvarado.

But Wright and his wife, Krysti, are not grieving alone.

"I'm so proud of this community," Wright said. "They saw our family in pain, and they've come out to help."

Rogers-O'Brien Construction in Dallas, where Brandon Wright works, has started a campaign to build a playground at Braiden's preschool in his honor.

A spaghetti supper is scheduled for Friday at the Alvarado Church of Christ to honor Braiden and raise money for the playground.

The Alvarado Youth Association plans to place a plaque at a field in honor of Braiden, who had just finished his first year of T-ball.

Braiden's Playground on Facebook has drawn more than 400 visitors.

And on July 18, a concert is scheduled at the Turkey Creek Bar & Grill in Alvarado to raise money for Braiden's playground.

"It's such a tragic story that your heart just goes out to them," said Heather Hyatt, director of SonShine Preschool in Alvarado, which Braiden attended. "It's why I think people are helping."

On June 5, Braiden and two other children were in a pickup with his 21-year-old aunt on a farm just east of Alvarado. People were trying to pull out a tractor that was stuck in a pond.

The children were supposed to remain in the truck as the aunt backed up the pickup to the tractor, authorities said. But Braiden got out and somehow got behind the truck.

He died of head injures, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

"We got to hold him for a while at the hospital," Krysti Wright said. "I'm so thankful for that because many parents don't get that chance."

Alvarado is a small community, and word of the death spread quickly. Within days, the dinner and concert were planned.

"I only hope that what little we can do will help them," said Patsy Price, church secretary at Alvarado Church of Christ. She will be one of several cooks preparing the spaghetti supper.

DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR.,

817-390-7763

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