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Mom describes Colorado Springs boy, 7, who died in fall as curious, cheerful, devoted to infant sister.

March 18, 2017 Updated: March 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm
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Kaivion Eleby, 7, died late Friday afternoon after falling while hiking with family members near Gold Camp Road. Photo courtesy of Kaivion's family.

The young boy who fell to his death while hiking with family near Gold Camp Road was 7-year-old Kaivion Eleby, a first-grader at Bristol Elementary School, his mother said Saturday.

Kaivion fell just before 3:40 p.m., according to Colorado Springs police. Local firefighters attempted a high-angle rescue, but the boy was dead by the time they reached him.

His mother, Wilma Eleby, described Kaivion as a cheerful, curious and outgoing child.

"He was a very happy kid. Always smiling. Always asking questions about anything and everything he could about everything."

Kaivion adored his 1-year-old sister, Maliah, Eleby said.

"I don't even know how his sister is going to grow up without him," she said. "They did everything together. The only time they weren't together is when he was in school, and as soon as he came home, he was looking for her. He was so protective of her when she was born."

He was fascinated by flashy cars, loved to play video games and enjoyed spending time outside, she said.

"We had just enrolled him in soccer. He was going to start this week," she said.

Kaivion, a budding Denver Broncos fan, was also going to try football, his mother said. His family planned to see which sport he liked better.

"He swore to God he was going to be a Bronco," his mother recalled.

Family members and friends plan to hold a vigil for Kaivion at 5 p.m. Saturday at Palmer Park.

Eleby said several GoFundMe pages have been set up by her co-workers and family members to pay for funeral expenses.

One, titled "Services For a Beautiful Soul," was created by Kaivion's uncle, Bryan Hawkins, on Friday. By Saturday afternoon, the page had raised more than $1,700.

"My nephew is a beautiful soul, and I hope to be able to send him on his way mirroring the joy he continuously delivered to his family," Hawkins wrote on the page.

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