This week marks a heartbreaking anniversary for a Blount County family. Five years ago, Skyler Boring, 17, was shot and killed.
In May 2013, the teen had just graduated from Heritage High School when the Blount County Sheriff’s Office says he was accidentally shot by a friend.
Boring’s family spoke Tuesday about the work they’re doing so that no one in the community forgets their Skyler.
Senior pictures are pretty special and Skyler Boring’s picture is one of the last one’s his mom has. He was killed five days after graduation.
“My heart is broken. You always think that you have time to take pictures,” said his mom, Amy Boring.
Every day for the last five years this family has missed him. “I try to keep Skyler’s smile in my heart,” said his grandmother Judy Mincey.
The family says Skyler was smart, funny, everyone’s friend, an incredible athlete, and simply larger than life.
“In a lot of ways we lost the bright light in this family,” said Mincey.
Skyler lost his life on May 28, 2013.
“There’s no way to wrap your head around something like this. There were a lot of questions we have that honestly never got answered,” added Mincey.
The family feels they never got justice. In 2014, the case and the teen who was charged were in juvenile court. He pleaded guilty., but because of timing and his age, the juvenile court system lost jurisdiction when the suspect turned 19.
“But you know that young man never spent one night in jail. No fines. No penalties. Nothing,” said Mincey.
This family doesn’t want Skyler remembered for how he was taken, instead who he was and his love for wrestling.
“That sport just took a hold of him and every day it was all about wrestling,” said Mincey.
Skyler’s mom and grandma created a scholarship foundation where every year they hold fundraising tournaments as a way to send Blount County athletes to college.
“We do that to honor Skyler. We want to be sure that Skyler gets remembered for hte good things he did,” said Mincey.
To date they’ve given nearly $10,000 in scholarships, Mincey adds they give to local schools going to state wrestling tournaments.
“I think he’s proud and I think he’s glad that we’ve done what we could do,” said Mincey.
“I guess I figured that I better pull myself up by my bootstraps because he’s watching me. I try really hard to be strong for him,” said Boring.
This year their scholarship foundation had four applicants. The winner received $2,000, though all four seniors were given some money to put towards college.
The next fundraising wrestling tournament is already planned for December 27, 2018, at Skyler’s alma mater, Heritage High School.
The family telling us they’re planning a small memorial for Skyler on Monday with some of his friends and family. They’ll be meeting near Coulter Bridge in Blount County because it was one of Skyler’s favorite places to spend time.