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Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 8:54 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 2:49 AM
By: Jeremy Wiedle - Breaking News Staff
— Family members gathered for a birthday celebration Sunday to honor Kalip Grimm, the 2017 Miamisburg High School graduate killed in a wrong way crash Monday night on I-675 in Centerville.
Grimm would have been 19 Sunday.
"It’s the worst feeling to know you're celebrating your son's birthday one day and burying him the next,” Grimm’s mother, Stacey Grimm said.
Grimm was killed when the car he was driving was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver. Family and friends will gather tomorrow for funeral and memorial services.
"He was the most compassionate person. It didn't matter time of day, if anybody needed anything he'd be right there,” Stacey Grimm said.
News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy reports hundreds of people visited the family today with some offering kind words and others sporting new tattoos honoring Kalip.
"I'm at so much peace right now to know how many people's lives he touches,” Stacey Grimm said.
'"I've had several people tell me that when 'I was going through a hard spot Caleb brought me out of it.”
Family and friends released balloons in the air Sunday after singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in linked arms.
“We had no idea how he touched people outside of our family,” Kalip’s step mother, LeAnn Crone.
Crone said she remembers Kalip as the person who pulled his family together.
“Anybody that knew him...knew kalip...biggest heart ever...he'd give you the shirt off his back,” Crone said.