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Parents "torn apart" by death of son, 2, hit by truck

Colleen O'Connor
The Denver Post
Xochitl Castelena Gamboa, center, and Rico Bernal, right, parents of toddler Edgar Eduardo Bernal, 2, who was hit and killed by an automobile when he wandered into the street in the 400 block of S. Clay St. on Mother's Day, May 9, 2010, sob as they look at photos of their dead son while sitting in the living room of the house where they were having a Mother's Day party when he was killed. Judy DeHaas, The Denver Post

As neighbors placed stuffed animals and bouquets at a roadside memorial for 2-year-old Edgar Eduardo Bernal on Monday morning, his parents, Rico and Xochitl Bernal, sat inside a house on South Clay Street collapsed in grief.

Tears streamed down Xochitl’s face as she looked at cellphone pictures of their son, who was killed Sunday afternoon when he darted into the street from a Mother’s Day party.

“The parents are torn apart,” relative Priscilla Reyes said Monday morning. “He was their only boy. They tried so hard to have a boy, and now he’s gone. They are in a state of shock, like zombies.”

Witnesses said the boy stepped from behind a parked car in the 400 block of South Clay about 5:30 p.m. and was struck by a small pickup. The boy died before emergency crews arrived, Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.

The Bernals have two daughters, Nicole, 3, and Marietta, 7.

Standing on the doorstep with her cousins, Marietta wept inconsolably as she talked about her little brother. “He always hugged me,” she said.

Two wooden picnic tables were still in the front yard of the house on South Clay, evidence of the Mother’s Day party held at the home of Xochitl’s sister-in-law.

Reyes said she had attended a party given by her own daughter and was headed over to the party on South Clay. But when she got there, the street was blocked with yellow police tape.

“He was an adorable little boy, always smiling,” Reyes said. “He was a typical 2-year-old.”

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