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Family continues to mourn the death of Tri-State four-year-old

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A warning to others from the family of an Evansville boy killed by a falling television set.

Four-year-old Gennix Starks died Wednesday evening. The accident happened at his family's Elsas Avenue apartment.

Friday, we spoke to the little boy's Great Aunt and Father.

"It's just hard to accept that he's no longer here, it's just like a nightmare," said Gennix's Father, Irvin.

A nightmare that could have happened to anyone else with small children.

Irvin Starks says he and the boy's mother were just a few feet away, but were unable to save the boy.

"It's devastating and it's a tragedy," said Gennix's Great Aunt Alice Cooper.

Irvin says the little boy was watching cartoons, laying on his back, and apparently pushed on the TV stand with his feet, causing the older-model TV to fall on him.

"My girlfriend got up and grabbed him, and ran outside," Irvin said. "It was just like a nightmare, I called 911 and I was just so shocked I could hardly, I was kind of like, yelling at them."

It didn't take long for medical help to arrive, but Gennix didn't make it.

"It just hurt," said Irvin. "I know time will heal, but right now it still hurts. I still think about all the events that happened."

"I thought I was strong, but then on Thanksgiving it was a tear jerker," Cooper said. "We still have to be thankful for what we do have, and the moments that were spent together."

Cooper says she missed an opportunity to talk on the phone one last time with Gennix and hopes other families take time to be with each other this holiday.

"His dad had him call and he said, 'Aunt Alice call me,' and that is one call that was never made."

Now, without insurance, the family is faced with finding the means to bury the little boy.

"I know he's in a better place but I just miss him everyday," Irvin said.

An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death is scheduled for Saturday.

If you would like to donate for Gennix's burial, a fund has been set up at Old National Bank under the Gennix Starks Memorial Fund.

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