SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - Family of a Sikeston man came together on Sunday to remember the good times they had with him - after a tragic accident that took his life.
On Saturday, Devron Looney, 18, of Sikeston, jumped off a cliff at The Offsets Recreation Area in Madison County.
Officials say he panicked after hitting the water and his friend wasn't able to get to him in time.
As family remembered the times they had with him, they shared plenty of laughs and tears. The family called him 'Dev' for short, and all say he was loved very much, and a piece of their family is now gone and will be greatly missed.
Heartland News met up with family members which include Dev's two sisters, his cousin, his child's mother and his six month old daughter.
Natalie Looney, sister of Dev, broke down in tears while telling us how much Dev brought happiness to her and their family.
"We was really close, really really close. Like nobody had a bond like me and Dev. Me and Dev, he was my best friend," Natalie said. "I just wish I could
bring him back. I wish I could've been there. If I would've been there, he would've been here."
Dev's six month old daughter, Jasmine Looney was being held in the lap of her mother.
Maria Martinez teared up while holding Jasmine, and said it isn't fair what happened to Dev but said he was a great dad that loved his daughter very much.
"It's just going to be different with him not here. With her not seeing him and growing up without him," said Martinez.
It was just as hard for Dev's other sister as well.
Madalyn Looney said he texted or told them everyday that he loves them.
Family even expressed concern at his decision, saying that Dev had a hard time being able to swim beforehand, and family doesn't understand why he decided to jump off a cliff.
"I just want my brother back. He was my rock, my backbone," said Madalyn. "He would always say he loved us and gave her (Jasmine) hugs all the time."
Even Dev's cousin feels the pain of losing him.
"When I heard what happened, I just left. I didn't put any shoes on or anything and left and went to his house. It's very hard," said Madison Vanpool.
Family members held a candle walk on Sunday night in Miner, Mo. for family and friends to gather together, share stories and remember Devron.