Kingman family thanks locals for support after son's death

Kaylab Hicks, 8, died suddenly after visit to hospital, family says

Hicks Family/Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Kaylab Hicks was a Cub Scout for a year before his death. His troop raised more than $2,000 for his funeral expenses.

Hicks Family/Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Kaylab Hicks was a Cub Scout for a year before his death. His troop raised more than $2,000 for his funeral expenses.

KINGMAN - The father and family of Kaylab Hicks said they want to extend their thanks to those who have supported them since the sudden death of the 8-year-old boy.

Kaylab's great-grandmother, Margie Hicks, said that since Kaylab's death Jan. 13, the family has received an outpouring of emotional and financial support from the community.

A carwash sponsored by Kaylab's Cub Scout Troop along with donations from Charlie's Lock and Key raised more than $2,000, while his school, La Senita Elementary raised $320. More than 70 people volunteered at the carwash. Hicks said the money was used for funeral expenses. It will also be used to provide counseling to Kaylab's 6-year-old brother, Damien.

Hicks said that Damien is having trouble coping with the loss of his brother and best friend. She said that she taught both boys how to Google information on the computer. After his brother's death, Hicks said she found Damien using the search engine to find information on how to bring someone back from the dead.

Hicks said Kaylab's death has left the family at a loss.

"We haven't been able to function," she said.

The family is still waiting for autopsy results to conclusively pinpoint a cause of death. Kaylab had recently had his tonsils removed. On the day of his death, he was taken to the emergency room for dehydration from not being able to properly eat or drink for the two days after his surgery.

Kaylab returned to Hicks' home after being discharged. She said that within an hour he began to feel sleepy and she put him to bed. He never woke up.

Hicks said the family is investigating whether a dose of opiates given during the emergency room visit caused his depressed breathing, which is said to have contributed to his death.

Hicks said her great-grandson was an ideal little boy who was thoughtful, got good grades and was eager to use family members as testers for the recipes he created. Hicks said the family would like to thank everyone who offered their support, particularly Sutton Funeral Home, who handled Kaylab's arrangements.

"I know they deal with grief every day, but I think he went above and beyond," she said.

Autopsy results are not expected for another several weeks.