Ice fishing memorial for boy killed by snowmobile attracts hundreds

More than $50,000 has been raised for his family.
Alan Geisenkoetter

Hundreds of mourners gathered on a frozen Chisago Lake to remember Alan Geisenkoetter Jr. on Saturday,

On Friday, Jan. 26, the lake was the scene of a crash that would ultimately prove fatal to the 8 year old, as a suspected drunk-driver hit him and his father with a snowmobile as they were setting up a mobile ice house.

Alan Jr. died days later in the hospital, prompting an outpouring of grief and support for his family.

On Saturday, the lake was a place of remembrance, as hundreds attended an ice fishing memorial which was arranged through Facebook by Lauren Swindle.

Attendees were asked for $5 donations and a silent raffle was held, with the proceeds going to Alan Jr.'s parents, Ellie and Alan.

This will be added to the $53,000-plus that has been raised so far on a GoFundMe page set up in Alan Jr.'s memory.

At the memorial was Alan Jr.'s grandfather, Al Geisenkoetter, who told FOX 9: "He could be a troublemaker but overall he had so much fun. [I’ll miss] being up north with him. I’m just going to miss him. Period."

The snowmobile driver, Eric Joseph Coleman, 45 of Chisago City, is facing criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operation and DWI charges.

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