Father of Kuna school bus victim: 'It's the loss of our little guy'

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) -- Fighting back tears, Rob Cook describes the family's grief since his 11-year-old son Daniel was killed in Thursday's Kuna school bus crash in Canyon County.

"We're tore up, absolutely tore up," he said. "I mean, it's the loss of our little guy."

Cook says his wife had just put Daniel on the bus, and within 10 minutes a neighbor called about the crash.

"And it happened, I'm looking at the corner right here from the window," Cook said. "We walked out on the deck, lights everywhere. We got down there...after there a few minutes, we verified it was Daniel's bus, and we looked at the damage and my wife said he sits in the back, and everything went downhill from there."

Just a few hundred yards from the Cook family home near Deer Flat and Happy Valley Roads, a memorial is set up at the crash site, with stuffed animals and notes to the family.

One note says: "My friend Daniel, so sorry this had to happen to you, I hope to see you in heaven one day."

People who never knew the Cooks are leaving expressions of their sorrow and Rob Cook is grateful for the Treasure Valley's support.

"Our hearts and prayers are with not only the students who were injured, but the all children on the bus," he said. "What a horrible thing for a child to see. We're also keeping in our thoughts the bus driver, as well as the truck driver. And the first responders (and state police) were awesome."

Through a father's grief, a graciousness shines.