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Posted Tue, August 2, 2011 4:36pm EDT

Michigan Boy, 10, Sets Up Lemonade Stand To Help His Parents Pay For His 16-Year-Old Sister's Funeral

Tyler McVeigh got some friends together to help him honor the life of the “best sister you could ever have.” So sweet.

Kristin McVeigh, 16, died suddenly in mid-July from causes unknown, and little brother Tyler, 10, knew his parents were struggling to pay the funeral expenses. So he decided to round up some of his friends and set up a lemonade stand in front of his Sterling Heights, Michigan elementary school to help raise money for his family.

“We just decided to start a lemonade stand to raise some extra money to help out my parents and stuff,” Tyler, who is charging 50 cents for a lemonade and $1 for water, tells WXYZ. “These guys, their my closest, best friends and they’re just the best friends I know – just the best – helping me get through it,” he added.

His sister Kristin went out with friends, returned home and was found dead a few hours later on July 15, according to Cheryl McVeigh, Kristen and Tyler’s mother. Now police investigators await toxicology reports to determine the cause of the teenager’s heartbreaking death.

“She was just like a very nice person and the best sister you could ever have,” Tyler says of his big sister. “She loved to play soccer and everything. It was her favorite sport… I always helped her practice with everything.”

This little boy breaks our hearts. We hope his family finds closure.

–Leigh Blickley

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