Lake Conroe victims' family raising money for funerals

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by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 2:35 PM

KINGWOOD – Family members say the 9-year-old boy killed in a tragic accident on Lake Conroe was a standout baseball player. 

Michael Jason Frost meant so much to teammates that they honored him with a candlelight vigil and fundraiser to help Frost’s family with funeral costs.

On the Kingwood Observer’s blog, Frost’s story was the lead.  Known as Jason to friends, he was a member of the Kingwood Forest Cove all-star team.  His loss left teammates, coaches, league organizers too crushed to talk with us.  They just played a game Sunday.  None knew it would be their last with Frost.

“Little Jason was full of life just like his mommy,” said Ellen Cole, Jason’s grandmother.  “There wasn’t anything that he couldn’t do.  He was an all-star baseball player this year.  He was going to state.  He just loved life.  You couldn’t hold him down.  He was just all 100-percent boy.”

Family hounded by grief now faces financial strain: paying for three burials. The funeral for Leilani Cole, Kristina Frost and Jason are set for Saturday at 10 a.m. in Humble.

“If anyone would like to donate to that we’d appreciate it,” James Cole, Jason’s uncle, said Wednesday.

Tuesday night, Jason, his three-year-old sister, mom Kristina, her sister Leilani Cole, two teens and Leilani’s boyfriend Brandon Wilson were on Lake Conroe.  They were cruising in Wilson’s pleasure boat when a bass boat rammed them.

The bass boat’s driver and passenger, country singer Josh Ward, both survived. 

Kristina, Leilani and Jason did not.  Wilson’s brother said Brandon is still in a hospital facing multiple leg surgeries and three months of rehabilitation.

Jason’s little sister was sent home Thursday.  At the same time, loved ones built webpages: one on Facebook and another on GoFundMe.  Both are titled “Sweet Angels 2014.”  Both are designed to raise money for funerals. The family said there is also a website set up to help with medical costs.

For their part, Jason’s baseball team planned to collect cash too during a Thursday night vigil.  It is a small gesture for a boy they considered a big part of their league and lives.

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