Friends honor the life of beloved Abilene teen Brenden Baker

"You looked into his eyes and you go, 'Wow, this is a special little boy'" -- Norm Archibald, former Abilene mayor & friend of Brenden Baker and his family

ABILENE, Texas -- Friends came together at Hillcrest Church of Christ to celebrate the life of beloved Abilene teen Brenden Baker, who was known for his vibrant smile and bright personality.

"The smile always told you that no matter all the things he had to overcome and the obstacles of being in his world of smallness, he just lived life to the fullest and to give him up is so hard," former Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald said.

The 15-year-old died Monday night at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth. He was born with a rare form of dwarfism that only 32 people in the world have.

"He was only 27 1/4 of an inch tall, but he stood tall among us," Archibald said.

The seventh grader was always thinking of others. Two years ago he showed that more than ever when he created a Gofundme for his birthday.

"Not to raise money for him, but to raise money for others," Archibald said. "He started off with a small goal of a few hundred dollars and raised $32,000 instead."

Baker had a love for the spotlight. Here, at KTXS, we have a special place in our heart for Brenden. He was a regular guest on our station's Children's Miracle Network Telethon.

"His story will be told over and over, especially with the Children's Miracle Network, but also in the schools and through his friends and all the people he impacted. I was really glad to call him my friend," Archibald said.

Baker was buried at Elmwood Memorial Park.

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