GOODYEAR, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - He was a good kid who loved to sing, watch YouTube videos, tell corny jokes and look out for his younger brother.

The sudden death of 13-year-old Peyton Munger has devastated his family, who still can't believe he's gone.

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Tiffany and Mikel Beyers talked about their son's death on Tuesday.

"I know things happen for a reason, but I just struggle to figure out how someone so full of life is just not here," said Tiffany.

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On Nov. 15, Peyton was accidentally run over and killed by a school bus while riding his skateboard across the street, at Indian School Road and 144th Avenue in Goodyear.

Mikel described his son as a special young man with a big heart.

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"He would want us to move on because he was so concerned with wanting other people to be happy and making them laugh and making them feel better," said Mikel.

Shortly after Peyton's death, a number of kids went up to his mom and dad and told them stories about how the eighth-grader from Western Sky Middle School would stick up for other students who were being bullied.

The family is now raising money in Peyton's honor for a charity called Stomp Out Bullying.

"We figured that just raising awareness for an organization like this that exemplifies the way Peyton lived every day, is the best way for us to keep his memory alive," said Tiffany.

Peyton and his family had just moved to Arizona from Houston four months ago, but it didn't take long for Peyton to make new friends and spread a little kindness wherever he could.

"He had a unique perspective of being the new kid," said Mike. "He always, from what we were told, was always the first one to reach out to somebody new and say, 'Hey, I'm here to be your friend.'"

Jason Barry is best known for his Dirty Dining Report which airs Fridays at 6:30 p.m. on CBS 5.  He is also the storyteller behind CBS 5's Pay It Forward which airs every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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