The Arntson family asked Oregon State Police to release the following statement regarding the death of 7-ear-old Jacob Arntson:
Dear friends, family, and all of you who have reached out to us in the Clackamas community and beyond. By now you might have heard that our beloved son and brother, Jacob Roy Arntson, died last night in a traffic accident east of Hood River. Jake was just 7 years old, but in those 7 years he brought so much light into our world and touched so many lives as a friend and classmate. He was a wonderful child, and we miss him so much.
We will be making arrangements through Bateman's Funeral Home, and will be setting up a fund in memory of Jake in the days ahead. We'll pass along those details soon.
Our family has felt your support and your love during these difficult hours. Your caring means more to us than we can say, and we are so grateful. We know you join us in honoring Jake's memory, remembering his bright eyes and big smile.
Jake: we love you forever.
The Arntson Family