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KIRKWOOD, MO. (KTVI) - It was a way to turn a tragedy into something positive.  Hundreds of music lovers enjoyed an outdoor concert performed by the Sages, a band made up of friends of Cameron Vennard.

Vennard was 14 when he was struck and killed by a train on May 30th as he walked along tracks in Kirkwood while wearing headphones.

The concert was a celebration of his life and raised money for the Cam Vennard Music and Vocal Scholarship Fund at Nipher Middle School.

"He was a great kid, he was really loved and popular and above all he was a really kind soul," said Darryl Vennard, Cameron`s Father.

"He was a positive guy," said Gabe Masi, friend.  "He was always smiling."

Friends say Cam would have loved the concert which featured some of his favorite songs and a performance from his brother, Ben.

Cam was known as Mr. DTK as in downtown Kirkwood.

"Cam would really be happy to know that anyone can pursue their musical talents and dreams," said neighbor and friend Bess Wilfong.

Darryl Vennard praised the Kirkwood community for the support they have showed his family.

"We have food delivered to our house practically every day," said Vennard.  "Many times it's from people we've never met."

The father of Cameron Vennard said he misses his son every day.

"But we`re going to do everything we can to keep his memory alive."

Tax deductible donations can be mailed to the Kirkwood School District Community Relations Office, Cam Vennard Memorial Scholarship, 11289 Manchester Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122.

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