5-year-old boy killed by pit bull remembered

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by Karen Zatkulak

NWCN.com

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 9 at 8:09 AM

BOISE -- The town of Baker City Tuesday remembered a 5-year-old boy killed in a pit bull attack.

The attack happened on Sept. 27, and while authorities aren't releasing many details, we are learning more from a friend of the victim's family.

Jordan Ryan was just 5 years old, a kindergartner who loved fishing, swimming, and saying his ABCs.

Autumn Brooks knows both Ryan's family and the owner of the pit bull, who police say was involved in the attack.

"He was absolutely gorgeous, that's all you can say, a little boy just full of life, his smile and his life, he was a happy, happy little boy," said Brooks.

She said in the days that followed his death, the community was in shock.

"It is very devastating, it's very horrible," said Brooks.

Brooks said Ryan was dropped off with a babysitter on Sept. 27.

She said the dog involved in the attack was from a rescue program and lived at the babysitter's home.

But she said there are still few details about what led to the deadly attack.

"Nobody was out there, so no one knows exactly why it happened or what happened. Jordan is a small little boy, he is only 5 years old, and he was a pretty strong pit," said Brooks.

Friends and family remembered Ryan's young life at his memorial service on Tuesday, as the town still tries to deal with the sudden and horrific tragedy.

"There has been a lot of help that has come through to the community, both financial help for the funeral and just emotionally being there," said Brooks.

We did call the prosecutor's office to get an update on the case and see if any charges will be filed, but we did not get a call back on Tuesday.

We did learn that the dog involved has been put down.

Friends and family have set up an account to help the family with the funeral costs.

If you would like to help, click here.

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