LONDONDERRY — Although he didn't make it to his sophomore year at Londonderry High School, the class Kyle Robinson would have graduated with has kept his memory alive. There is a whole page dedicated to the bright young boy— who looked a little like Harry Potter to his friends — in the 2008 yearbook.
Kyle was 15 when he drowned on July 18, 2005, after he reportedly had a seizure while fishing from a dock in Freedom, N.H.
Since then, there have been three walks organized by the Student Council each fall in Kyle's name with proceeds donated to the local chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation. The first walk was organized by his sister, Heather, during her senior year at the high school.
Last week, after the school's traditional Senior Supper, approximately 80 students from the graduating class, friends, and members of Kyle's family met in Moose Hill Orchards and walked a mile into the woods to a favorite spot of Kyle's near Adams Pond.
"Kyle loved it there," said Lynn Cina, a teaching assistant at Londonderry Middle School who helped organize the memorial. "There's a rope to swing out over the water and his family put a bench there in his memory."
Kyle's parents, Ralph and Colleen Robinson, his grandparents and aunts and uncles joined the group.
A poem was read that was written by Kyle and found two weeks after he died.
"It was about finding one's identity," Cina said.
Heather Robinson once described her brother as a "funny kind of guy," who liked to make up songs like Weird Al Yankovic and draw cartoons of dragons and warriors.
During the memorial last week, participants floated origami boats on the pond for Kyle and the song "For Good," from the Broadway show Wicked was played.
"The lyrics were so fitting, " Cina said.
"It goes, 'People come into our lives for a reason . . .well, I don't know if I believe that's true. Who can say if I've been changed for the better? But because I knew you, I have been changed for good.'"