Hundreds Attend Memorial Service for Alex Pierce

A large crowd attended Saturday's memorial service for 13-year-old Alex Pierce of Murrieta. Murrieta 24/7 photos: Doug Spoon Hundre...

A large crowd attended Saturday's memorial service for 13-year-old Alex Pierce of Murrieta.
Murrieta 24/7 photos: Doug Spoon

Hundreds of friends, family members and other residents attended a memorial service Saturday for Alex Pierce, the 13-year-old Murrieta boy who drowned in a local swimming pool June 3 and was taken off life support July 7.

Pastor Dan Smith of The Rock Church in Murrieta spoke to the crowd about keeping mortal life and Alex's untimely death in perspective.

"We have too short a view of things," Smith (left) said. "We think everything takes place in the short time we're here on earth, but the Bible tells us we have eternity to look forward to. We have lost the companionship of Alex, but we have another part of it, where Alex is in the presence of the Lord."

Pierce was described by his mother, Sabrina, as a class clown "who was the life of the party and had a heart of gold. One day he wanted to work for Nintendo and design video games.

"How do you even begin to say goodbye to your child? Everyone knows this is every parent's nightmare. I can't sum up everything about Alex's life in this short speech. I have to believe that for some reason, God needed him more than me."

Alex was found at the bottom of the swimming pool at Vista Murrieta High School during a year-end party for band and choir members from his middle school. Witnesses estimate he was under water for about 90 seconds, and he reportedly did not receive CPR until paramedics arrived a short time later.

Alex was treated in two different hospitals and kept on life support for more than a month, until doctors declared him brain dead after finding no sign of brain activity. The community came together in prayer and a series of fundraisers for the family during that difficult time.

Displays in the church foyer showed samples of Alex's artwork, including a Lego pirate ship he assembled in 20 minutes. There were also photos showing him with his family. Guests were asked to wear a blue ribbon in memory of Alex.

"When Alex was in the hospital, I would drive back and forth every day," said his father, Rodriguez Pierce. "One day I was stuck in traffic and I saw a bumper sticker that said, 'Life is short, but heaven is forever.' I instantly thought of Alex and I knew if he didn't make it, he'd be in heaven forever. That kind of gave me a little smile. I know he's up there clowning around."











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