Community helps after 2-year-old is crushed by metal gate

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Hearts go out at a car wash Sunday morning.

“When I heard, I started crying,” said Angelica Sanchez. “Because I felt so bad and I just picture my daughter.”

A mother herself, Sanchez couldn't imagine losing a child, which is why she’s helping out.

“It's really sad because he was too young," Sanchez added.

Too young and too soon, which is why Sanchez and everybody else is showing their love for Brenda Nelson and the rest of her family.

“He was the sweetest boy, he was so smart,” said Nelson.

Nelson was at work when she got the call. Her son Jayden was only 2 years and 2 months old when he was crushed on Saturday after a metal gate came crashing down.

“My brother-in-law tried to catch it,” said Nelson. "He told Jayden to run, so you could tell he got hit from the back.”

Described as a playful toddler, Jayden laid motionless. In the end, he never pulled through. He was pronounced dead at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

“He used to grab your cheeks and say kisses and just kiss you everywhere, he had so much love," Nelson remarked.

The family is planning a funeral, which is both a mental and financial burden. Friends hope to reduce that burden through Sunday’s car wash and through donations.

An account has been set up at Chase Bank under Brenda Nelson’s name if you would like to help the family out.