Surrounded by parents, teachers and friends outside Chinook Elementary School Thursday night, the mother of 7-year-old Markian Basargin talked about her little boy who was killed in a car crash last week. 

"Me, as a mother, I'm going to miss the love, the laughter, hugs and the bond we had shared together," said Fenya Gostevskyh.

The second-grader died after a crash on January 16 at the intersection of Lake Otis and O'Malley. Anchorage Police say the boy's mother was heading down O'Malley on a green light when a driver turned in front of them on a flashing yellow light.

Markian Basargin, 7, was killed in a Jan. 16, 2018 Anchorage car crash on O'Malley Road. (Courtesy Basargin family)

On Thursday night, the crowd at Chinook Elementary lit candles and walked around a wooded area next to the school. It was a place Markian loved to laugh and play. 

"We love the kid. He's going to be a big hole in our community for a long time," said Markian's second-grade teacher Kris Hinrichsen.

The teacher says Markian had a knack for knowing when someone was troubled by something.  

"He's the kind of kid that would step up and say, 'Kris do you need a hug right now?'" the teacher said at the candlelight vigil. 

Markian's mother Fenya thanked those who turned out for the vigil and those who have supported them during a difficult time. 

Markian and his mother, Fenya. (Credit: Family)

"We are very grateful to have you in our lives. I'm sure Markian is looking down on all of us right now and has the biggest smile. So to Markian, happy eighth birthday, which was yesterday, the twenty-fourth. Thank you all of you and love you guys," she said.

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