DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – It has been 2 months since a 15-year-old boy died, after a tragic accident.
Levi Montoya was found in the 15,000 block of Chicken Bristle Road on his family’s farm.
Jackson Township police say the teen died after he lost control of his ATV and hit a tree.
His family is speaking out to 2 NEWS for the first time about the accident and how they’re working to honor their son’s memory.
The Montoya family is at the Montgomery County Fair, like many other farmers.
Several hogs are on display at the fair and they’re the best of the best.
And the Montoya’s hog falls right in line, having won the reserve champion, 2nd place, on Thursday.
But, the hog has a special cause to the Montoya family.
Proceeds from the hog’s auction will go towards a trust and an award in Levi Montoya’s honor.
“He always dressed nice. He always greeted people nice. He always shook hands. He always looked you in the eye and sisu is just the way he decided to live. The definition itself is– pretty much tells what Levi was,” said Montoya’s father, Luciano “Lucky” Montoya.
Sisu is defined as bravery and determination; Bailey Montoya says he wants to embody the definition of the word.
It’s why he took on his brother’s hog in this year’s competition.
This year, one 4-H participant who also lives out Montoya’s mantra will receive a $150 cash prize and an award.
“Leadership was one of Levi’s big things. Passion, the drive to stand up for what’s right and that award kind of puts all that together,” his older brother explained.
To keep the award and scholarship going a trust, Live Like Levi Charitable Trust, has been created.
The family expects that the recipient will be just as skilled as Montoya.
Even after defeat, they say he was positive and worked to become the best.
“You know, everybody talks about his smile, but to us, he was a lot more than that. He was the kid that was a very hard worker,” said Christy Montoya, his mother.
A son and a brother that the Montoya family says they’ll never forget, and with community support and the Live Like Levi Charitable Trust they hope to leave behind a lasting legacy.
Montoya’s hog will go up for auction Monday at 12:30, along with other championship animals
Proceeds will placed towards the trust.
The foundation is also taking donations to help fund the trust; it’s also selling bracelets to remember Montoya.