DERRY — A 14-year-old boy, killed in an accident on Interstate 93 last week, is described as a bright child with a big smile.
Jeremy Antonio Pereyra of Derry will be remembered at a memorial service Saturday at Pinkerton Academy, where he would have been a freshman.
The teen graduated from West Running Brook Middle School in June, where principal Leslie Saucier said he was a delight to have as a student.
"He was a great student," Saucier said yesterday. "He was just a happy boy."
Jeremy was killed Aug. 22 when he was struck and killed by a car on I-93 in Londonderry.
Saucier said Jeremy was well liked and the type of child who could brighten anyone's day.
"One of the biggest things was his infectious smile," she said. "It just went from ear to ear."
Saucier said teachers and students were saddened to learn of his death. The new school year began Tuesday.
"It was a very sad day," she said. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends."
Superintendent Laura Nelson said counseling was made available to students and staff. School employees plan to attend the service at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pinkerton's Arts and Humanity Building, she said.
"Many of the people from the district will be at the service," Nelson said. "Our thoughts are with the family."
The memorial was planned by a local denomination of Jehovah's Witnesses, where Jeremy and his family were members, according to Pinkerton spokesman Chip Underhill.
Family members, including the boy's parents, Francisco and Keren Pereyra, could not be reached yesterday for comment.
Jeremy's obituary describes him as a generous, fun-loving boy who loved to draw, write and play video games. He also enjoyed playing cards and chess, volunteering and working on projects with his father, the obituary said.