Ivan Alexander Aguilar Jr was found dead under a truck in Horton, Alabama Saturday. The 19-month-old boy had wandered out of his home on Nixon Chapel Road when his mother’s boyfriend accidentally ran him over with the truck.
According to reports, Ivan Aguilar’s mother, Lexie Ramirez, and her boyfriend, who has yet to be identified, found the child dead beneath the truck. The horrible incident was deemed an accident by Marshall County Assistant Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie. He claimed that “there was no foul play.”
Guthrie admitted that Ivan Alexander Aguilar Jr’s death “was just an unfortunate catastrophe.” A local coroner pronounced the boy dead over the weekend. Authorities confirmed that no charges will be filed in Ivan Aguilar’s death.
According to Lexie Ramirez, her son was only 19 months old and was going to turn 2 in February. She claimed this was a “tragic accident” and claimed her boyfriend loved the child like he was his own.
“He did not do it on purpose, we did not see him,” Ramirez explained. “It was very hard for us because my boyfriend had been a wonderful dad. He’s not the biological father, but the baby loved him so much.”
Ramirez said her son “loved the outside.” He also loved watching cartoons, especially CoComelon, a vastly popular YouTube channel, and streaming media show. She also admitted to reporters that she “will miss his laughs, spending time with him, waking up with him by my side, him running up to me from daycare and everything about him.”
A GoFundMe was set up for Ivan Alexander Aguilar Jr’s family. The online fundraiser has since raised over $4,500 to support the grieving mother and her boyfriend during this difficult time.
The post on the GoFundMe page read that “on Saturday, September 11, 2021, Baby Ivan was run over and he passed immediately.” It said that “Ivan was a very happy and loving baby born in February 2020. He always loved everyone and made every day just a bit brighter.”
“Ivan was always snacking on something and laughing in between,” the post continued. “We, the family, ask for thoughts and prayers for not only him but his mother, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, and everyone in between that had met and taken care of this wonderful baby.”
According to an obituary posted to the Sand Mountain Reporter, Baby Ivan “is survived by his mother, Lexie Ramirez; father, Ivan Aguilar; grandparents, Nelly Aguilar, Concepcion Ramirez, and Angel Nieto; great-grandparents, Sara Morales and Maria Trerino.”
He also leaves behind his “step-father, Marcelino Cortez; great-papa, Agustin Morales; aunts and uncles, Fabiola Morales, Juilio Chavez, and Nalleli Morales, Tonya Corona, Travis Ramirez, Oliver Ramirez, Miguel Morales, Elizabeth Cortez, Gisselle Mares, Nallely Aguilar, Kassandra Linarez, Elvira Aguilar and Mateo Reynao and Gaspar Juan.”
Written on the GoFundMe page, his aunt Tonya Corona said that Ivan Alexander Aguilar Jr’s “passing was the most unexpected and devastating event for everyone involved. We please ask for help in the worst of times to afford the memorial and burial of our Baby Ivan.”
One of the donors from GoFundMe sent their support along with $100 for the family. He said that “my heart goes out to this family. The exact same thing happened to me and my daughter, but she lived with some broken bones”
Ivan Aguilar’s funeral was held on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 11:00 a.m. The services were held at Albertville Memorial Chapel. The GoFundMe page explained that “everyone is welcome to come.”