GRAND FORKS — Whether you were one of his his best friends...

"Skating, playing hockey with all of us," said best friend Jeremiah Mathews.

Or the parents of those best friends...

"He is the ideal son to all of us in our community," said Nathanael Cunningham, the father of one of Maison Berry's best friends.

The 16-year-old was the pillar of his south side neighborhood.

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"We are like a family neighborhood, like a village with all of us," said Mathews.

Last Wednesday, Feb. 24, the village was ripped apart. Minutes after the sophomore at Red River High School left school for the day, he crashed his jeep into a tree just two blocks from the school and less than half a mile from home.

"He was going to make this; there were no worries. I found he was dying and I just broke," said best friend Brayden Cunningham, who at first thought Maison was going to be okay.

Three days later, Maison passed away due to a brain injury suffered in the crash.

"We all feel like we lost a son," said Nathanael Cunningham.

Maison was a teen who loved to hunt, fish and was always in charge of lighting the neighborhood bonfire. He was a member of the Sharon Lutheran Youth Group and volunteer with Grand Forks youth football.

"He loved mentoring other kids, he was like a big brother," said Nathanael Cunningham.

For Brookelyn Vandal, her riding buddy is gone.

"We would just ride out into the country and look at the stars. It was so fun because he was such a caring person," she said.

A village is now missing its young leader, a teen with a strong work ethic who always pushed those around him to be the best person they could be.

"This is something we were not ready to absorb," said Nathanael Cunningham.

A GoFundMe site has been setup to help Maison's family with funeral costs.