McNeil Walker, a BYU-Idaho student who was killed in a traffic accident Wednesday, April 27, is remembered for the kindness he showed to people around him.
“He made everyone around him just a better person,” said Chase Walker, McNeil Walker’s cousin.
Chase Walker said he and McNeil Walker were more like brothers than they were cousins.
Remi Walker, McNeil Walker’s cousin and a freshman studying business management, said Chase and McNeil were always together.
“Everything that I’ve done in my life — sports, work, everything — McNeil had some part in it,” Chase Walker said.
He said they had even been working together hours before McNeil Walker was killed.
Chase Walker said McNeil Walker was driving a tractor from Hamer to their pumpkin patch in Idaho Falls when he was hit by a semi-truck on Interstate 15 Wednesday afternoon.
The vehicles rolled to a stop into the median, and McNeil Walker was killed at the site, according to East Idaho News. William Gago, the semi-driver, was uninjured.
“It’s hard to see the people that you love leave because people like him made life beautiful,” Remi Walker said.
She said she could tell that McNeil was at peace in life at the time of his death because of how happy he was.
“I saw him yesterday, probably an hour and a half before he was hit, and he just had a smile on his face,” Chase Walker said. “I mean, that’s how I know him: just happy.”
He said he feels like McNeil Walker would want people to be forgiving toward Gago.
“I’ve definitely had a strong impression that McNeil doesn’t want anybody to put the blame on that guy and that McNeil forgives that guy,” Chase Walker said. “It’s just something that happened, and we all should forgive the guy and send our love and prayers to that family for sure, ‘cause they need it.”
Chase Walker said this just shows what type of person McNeil Walker was.
He said McNeil Walker was always so happy that if he ever did get mad, it was not for long.
“There was probably one time that McNeil and I had a fight, and it was probably for five minutes,” he said. “Other than that, we never argued, ever. He was just always really good to me and everyone around him.”
Remi Walker said McNeil loved those around him and was happiest when he was with people.
“He truly was the most loving person,” she said. “He was so genuine, and hewould never judge anyone. He was always so quick to forgive.”
Chase Walker said he was surprised of the number of people’s lives McNeil Walker had influenced. “I don’t think I know somebody that’s in the community — that’s my age — that has made as big of impact as McNeil has with everyone,” he said. “I mean, I saw on Facebook yesterday, people that I didn’t even know knew McNeil sayin’ stuff that they’re gonna miss McNeil. It’s just wild to know somebody could have such a great impact.”
Funeral services for McNeil Walker are being held 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 4 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 260 Castlerock Ln. in Idaho Falls.