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dear grandson....i miss your physical hugs...but you spirit is everywhere..showing me that spirit is more than anything physical on this earth...we leave it all behind...but our spirits are always are in the snowflakes that gently touch my the bluejay that comes tp everything you are there...there with your devoted family in,dad, sister and bring us the true spirit of the holiday...thankyou dear granson!what an andel of love you mimi
mimi | 12.24.08 - 6:06 pm

wow Kj. i missed you this season. i want to race with you!
i hope your doing good up there.

love you!
Frankie Officer #13
Frankie Officer #13 | 12.22.08 - 2:37 pm

SIERRA | 12.17.08 - 1:01 pm

k.j.kj.kj...thanksgiving is here...and im so thankful for youin my life... bella is helping me type this..yawning and snorting...all are touched by your spirit and hoow you show all of us that spirit is the most important..and spirit is all...thankyou kj for being in my life this mimi
mimi | 11.23.08 - 6:22 pm

hey kj. heard your song and thought of you. i remember our first chior trip after your acsident everyone was having fun on the go carts and in the middle of the track i thought of you. i wante to cry so badly. miss you soo much.
rachel | 11.22.08 - 3:39 pm

Dear the Mckinster family, My thoughts and prayers are with you each and everday.My son raced with K.J. a few years ago in mini max class. I can remember when they all were riding the blue pocket rocket around in the pits. The boys were having a blast.Even though we didn't know you personnel,my heart goes out to you and all your family.You can tell that your a very loving family. K.J. will be forever missed but never forgotten. K.J. and my son have that love and passion for racing. My son won his first 2008 championship in a sprint car and wanted to dedicate his championship in honor of K.J. I hope this is ok.I can't get into details,but there's been great changes to our family and the only thing I can think of is K.J.Thank You K.J. God bless your family. The Anderson Family#24 Everett,WA
Anderson Family | 11.14.08 - 2:25 pm

Our family thought the world of KJ! Remember the roller coaster in Denver? We had such a blast hanging with you and your family. You were and still are an insperation to all of us. My son Alec said to me he was going to race this year with KJ in his heart and he wanted to do well in honor of him. Well, Alec won the regional title this year at the last race in the Tri-Cities. It took a truly great race and some luck. I think KJ was looking over Alec and helped him win this year.
KJ, we miss you and you will be in our hearts forever!
The Bergstrom's
Brian Bergstrom | 11.03.08 - 4:26 pm

happy holloween..deartrictster...swwet brother ..devoted are the sun in our lives...alltogether now and forever..i see you in the rainbows,flowers,dragonflies,birds,bugs andallyou love and are apart of,,you are here..and you and your dear family...mimi
mimi | 10.31.08 - 11:46 am

Bug, I lay awake thinking of you as
I do every night. Were you just a beautiful dream? or just an angle? I miss all of the hugs,kisses,laughs, talks ... all of the wins and losses. You were and are the best of me and the best of your beautiful mother. You were and are the best friend and son any man could have asked for. I wish we had more time together but we will be "two peas in a pode" again. I cherish every moment we had together. Every new thing we did together. Well you made me a promise that if anything happened to me you would take care of "our girls" so I can promise you that I will take good care of them and your brother now. I promise to live a good life and speek a little softer, love a little deeper and live a little longer. I will try to hold my head as high as I did when you were by my side. (that is the hardest thing to do now that you are gone.) I am a better person to have had you in my life, thank you for that. We lost you and your brother came back to us so I thank you for that too. I will see you as I do everyday and everynight in my heart, my soul and my dreams. Those are the places that you will always have me and I you.
Anonymous | 10.27.08 - 2:03 am

KJ, as humble as you always were, you must realize "how special" you are and what an impact you've made on so many lives. Just reading all of these honorable comments made by family, friends and even strangers from other countries is testiment of how blessed we are to have you in our lives. grandma
Marta Renteria | 10.22.08 - 6:00 am

Hi KJ, I just heard a song and it reminded me about you. I miss you so much and when I try to be strong, I can't hold back my tears. I miss you so much and you will always be number 1 in all of our hearts
Audrey | 10.11.08 - 12:24 am

Hey KJ.This is Megan. I remember how nice and funny you were. You were very fun to be around.
Megan | 10.03.08 - 2:44 pm

hey kj me and ashlynn are at school now. we tought we shoud visit!!! we miss you more and more everyday! you know we love you! everyone at school misses you and we all love you very much! we just stoped by to say hi and that we love you very much and your always number 1 in our hearts!
Arpine | 10.03.08 - 2:42 pm

Hey Jacki, even though we don't get a chance to talk often, I wanted you and your family to know that you are still at the top of my prayers. Love you guys! xoxo-Carrie
carrie yoshida | 10.01.08 - 5:59 pm

I am writing you from Thailand, where we live, and race go-karts.

Its hard to find words to say that have not already been said, of this tragic loss of a young racer.

On behalf of the karting community in Thailand, I would like to say that we will work on our end to improve safety at all race meetings and tracks around Thailand, so we can help prevent a thing like this happening again.
Thomas Raldorf | Homepage | 10.01.08 - 4:22 am

It was the first day of school and the first thing i did was look for KJ. Weird right.. he wasn't there. I looked around and everybody was talking about their classes. Until it hit me! KJ! He is not with us. It didn't seem like anything happened last year till that one moment came back to my mind. I really was excited to see what classes i had with him! I really didn't know what to say i was speechless.
- A Classmate | 09.26.08 - 5:11 pm

I worked at CMLC for little over a year. I was sadden to find such a well loved young man to have lost his life at such a young age. My heart goes out to all known by KJ because he definatly be missed
Reba Thomas | 09.16.08 - 11:36 am

This section is a true testament to how many people loved KJ and how many lives he touched. Im so sorry for your loss, being a mother I couldnt image, but just know that you are in my thoughts and my prayers. Love you guys
Nikki Miller | 09.15.08 - 9:51 pm

you are Gods angel..touching everyones we all have the depth of soul to do the good you are doing..and he will will protect you with his wings and surround you with his feathers..i love you mimi
mimi | 09.14.08 - 11:40 pm

My 4-year-old son was touched by the article in the Sept 2008 edition of Metro Parent about KJ. He wants to send KJ's family a picture he has drawn for them. Would you mind sending me your mailing address so that I can send it to you? I promised him that I would try my best to track you down.
So sorry for your sad, sad loss.

Trevor's mommy.
Fay | 09.11.08 - 5:39 pm

Working At Creative Minds Was One Of The Best Jobs I've Ever Had. The People, The Kids, The Teaching, The Experiences, The Oppurtunities It Brought Everyone, The Children But Mostly My Boss (Jackie McKinster) && Her Family. It Was A Joy To Go To Work Everyday && I Wouldn't Change Anything About Working For Them In The World.

While Coming Across Their Website I Relized A Link To A Memorial Service For KJ (Jackie's Son) && I Read Up Every Page On That Site. I Was Very Sad To Hear That KJ's Life Had Ended On 4/11/08. So Tragic. I Was Foutunate Enough To Spend Some Time With Him While Working At CMLC && Am So Greatful That I Had Met Him. He Was A Great Kid, So Happy, Passionate, Liked By All, Determined, Always Had Fun && So Much More.

My Thoughts && Prayers Are With The McKinster Family.

Love Always,
Danielle Robison
(Worked At CMLC June 05 - Sept 06)
Anonymous | 09.10.08 - 11:06 am

I had the good pleasure of working for the Mckinster family for a little less than a year, but it seemed like i knew them all my life. They made me feel like family and always were encouraging.
During the time I worked for them, not only did i work with children who came into the program, but the Mckinsters also trusted me with their own children to my care. A bestowed honor which is beyond words.
I happened to see this link from the CML site. I am completely stunned and deeply grieved. In my interactions with KJ he was very thoughtful and sweet. He was always the "good example" for the other kids, when he was included in games. And he was always compassionate towards the little ones. Thank you for letting me be a part of his life. With a family of my own now, I hope to do as good a job as you did with KJ.
Jackie, Ken, Sierra and Zac my thoughts and continuous prayers are with you.
Garett Chong | 09.01.08 - 11:20 am

KJ was always realy nice to me and I wish I had a chance to be nice back to him more.

He took us on golf cart rides. I remember when we went to the water tank and his little sister banged a rock on it and it sounded like a small gun firering.

When I heard I felt sad and mad. I wish I could rewind time.
Ethan Word | 08.29.08 - 12:05 am

I just found out recently that Kj had passed I knew him since 1st grade he was my niebor he was my friend. I miss you so much. He was one of my best friends. He always had a smile on his face and never cryed or was mean her was a wonderful kid and a great racer so Here isto the Mckinster famley I hope you are all coping with this I know this is a hard time for you so I wish you happy live as Kj would have wanted you to Love Ciara your friend.
Ciara | 08.28.08 - 2:06 pm

hey there kj, wow i cant believe u r actually gone i felt so bad havin a goodtime at the sock up and no 1 even noing that u have passed away but the next day when i woked 2 the shool hallways i droped down in 2 tears seeing ur locker and seeing those people cry almost every body at west orient middle skool was crying like no 1 played out side no 1 ate ate lunch we just looked like zombies walkin round the skool but we all love u and dearly miss u so much kj i LOVE u
kaylynn holladay | 08.07.08 - 11:55 pm

Today the waves of grief have come as often as smiles came to KJ's face. The best of this world, a wonderful Grandson, and my friend. WIlliam Shanor
william shanor | 08.06.08 - 11:56 am

hey kj,
its marley. today i was on myspace and i read a blog by ashlynn. it was about u. it made me cry. not a day goes by that i don't think about my bud from football. i have had dreams 2. i mean i had one yesterday. so, i can't sem to get u out of my mind kj. ull always be there 4 me and everyone else. i couldn't believe the depression on that monday at school. i remember walking into band class seeing no one talking or playing. i didnt go up to the percussion section that day. instead, i sat in the front row and started to cry. that day could have been the top 2 worst days of my life. i sat next to auston b and he sat there still, lifeless. just sheding tears down his face. then a few of my friends walked in. they gave me a hug and left. during band i dont think i was even listening. we didnt play, some went to the library, some stayed in the room. mrs.mcbride asked me and auston first if we wanted to go to the library. im not sure how ill react on 4/11/09 but im sure it not going to be well.
Marley Yates | 07.24.08 - 3:34 pm

Hi McKinsters family, I only read a few of these comments and I don't know what you all mean by KJ's loss but it doesn't sound good at all. The date 4-18-08 was my birthday, the day of KJ's celebration of life. But when I heard about KJ racing go-karts inspired me to race go-karts to. So Iam go to start go-kart racing in memory of KJ McKinster.

Jonathan Soliz
Jonathan Soliz | 07.14.08 - 9:39 pm

I havent commented for a while and i thought i would do it today. I was going to comment on KJ's birthday but i just didn't feel like doing n e thing... all i did on the 16th was think of him. i looked threw the year book and found his picture and just talked to him... somtimes i would still think he is here but when in reality he isn't... i have lost another friend before too... in 1st grade... but it wasnt as hard as getting over that one than KJ's becasue i was in 1st grade i didnt understand how it really felt... but now its soooo hard... i am not able to handle it... i dont want to go back to school next year becasue i no KJ wont be their and he wont leave to highschool with us... Kj was the best! He was sooo amazing! there isnt even a word to describe him... i dont really like talking about him at times... becasue i just want to cry and never talk to anyone... or even meet anyone becasue i am scared i will lose them... its just soo hard for all of us... expecially the mckinsters.... i m just sooo blank and empty becasue Kj will never be with us again... kj: you should know you were the greatest, bravest, funniest, kindest person on this planet. kj we all love u...
Arpine | 07.07.08 - 1:19 pm

dear ken,
at the memorial my son deven asked if he could run kj's #56 in honor of him. you said yes but there was a deal he had to do a victory lap when he won his race for kj. in McMinnville we had a 7 second lead and droke a header, no win. in boise we got first to a DQ and not a win we wanted. as luck would have it we then went to 4 cycle grand nationals with the #56 on the kart to try again. day one was a third. day two was a screamin eagle and the duffy. with ray knight annoucing while deven was doing a victory lap checker flag in hand. kj was remembered again. the next day we won a 2nd national title. so, kj you were with us you will alway be a 4 cycle grand national expert.
thank you
marty & deven patrick
marty patrick | 07.06.08 - 1:39 pm

Everything that people have said are totally true!
Dear kj,
I miss you so much! your the best person ever! Time passes and i dont think of you! well i hope to see you at a later time. But just to tell you i miss you makes me cry, we all know you dont want to see us cry but it just hurts. well miss you lots bff!
Ashlynn | 07.05.08 - 8:45 pm

Kj was a great kid i know every body wanted to be best friends with kj but couldent be becasuse that place was already taken in his heart..... i love kj more then ever and i just wish that i could have gotten to know him better. but its okay because i know kj loved everyone equally .....okay so there was this one time that i road Kj's bus and it was my fist time on one. sooo.... o got on the bus and there was kj.. there was this other kid who noticed that i was new and kj was the new kid at that time... but he said YESS!!! i am finally not the new kid! and i just smiled..... but i was really not the new kid i just wanted to make KJ feel welcome. but i am truly sorry for your loss to the mckinster family and i know there is nothing that can say that will make it better but i just want you to know that everybody who knew Kj loved them a whole lot....but I MISS KJ!!!!SOOOOOO much... so in math i see kj's seat and it has the letters of KJ in there and nobody will ever sit there because it is a speacil seat and nobody deserves to sit there because nobody is as GREAT as Kj Mckinster was. And nobody ever will have a heart like Kj did.
-Nataley Bartruff
NAtaley | 07.05.08 - 1:36 pm

I was extremly upset to hear of KJ's passing. I rode KJ's bus whenever he rode the bus he would make laugh. KJ always knew exactly what to say. You must be extremly devastated. I know every 7th grader at West Orient was. People say that everything happens for a reason. When I first found out I couldn't think of a single reason why god would take such a great person away from us. The following Monday when I could barely see past my tears I found the reason. It brought everyone together. RIP KJ
Chloe' Corniel | 07.02.08 - 8:01 pm

I always am on this website when i miss kj.. I read all the new comments and they always make me cry. Everything that you guys say is true. Kj you were a great friend and you still are.. today is my birthday and i just wanted to let everyone know that your happy day isnt just so happy when your best friend dies.. ive been crying all day, just reading away and always wondering what kj is doing.. kj we all miss you and nothing will ever come between any of our friendships with you.
Mckinster family your always in my prayers and i hope you have a great summer. Life with kj will always be here forever! your a great family and keep strong.
Also did kj ever get the sponser from puma?

answer back please

Ashlynn Schmitt | 07.01.08 - 2:33 pm

Hail to you my Grandson, honorable friend, brave soilder. kind to all, quiet sole. trickster, lover,
all that is good in this troubled world. I marvel at the changes you make in all that love you and have come to know your legend. Grandpa
william shanor | 07.01.08 - 11:23 am

Jackie and Family,
You may not remember us but my son Kyler Kraninger was in you daycare for many years and you and your family was very great to us. I am so sorry to hear about your loss and my heart goes out to you. I know when tragedy hits it is so hard but I pray for your whole family. I want to say what a wonderful thing you are doing for track safety to prevent other familys from having to go through what your family is. You are all great people I wish you the best in this healing process.
Jaime Mcleod | 06.30.08 - 10:45 am

hey kj, i thought i would say hi, its been a long time. I miss you bud. I just want you to know that i miss you i wish i could tell you how much you mean to me. Were in the grand canyon and i know your with me, i know if you were here physically you would have been with me the whole time. Im sure we would have gone on all the rides at disneyland. Im sure we would have dunked eachother in the pool. I hope you know that i am and always have been proud of you. If i could have an ounce of your determination, your brains, your love i know i would be a better person. But i hope you know you have changed me already more than you know. So thank you, you might have always asked if you would be big like me but i have never been that big, and now i hope that i can be more like you. Thanks for being my brother i miss you and think about you often and what we could have done together. i love you very much and you will always be in my heart and with my thoughts.
youre big brother
zac | 06.18.08 - 10:35 pm

Dear, Mckinster family
I have a question for you, when we had to write a businnes letter in class Kj wrote a sponsership letter to Puma. Did you ever receive anything back from them about him getting the sponsership?

Please answer back
Jacob Franzen | 06.17.08 - 6:53 pm

Kj was one of the greatest human beings I have ever known. He was always full of joy and never anger, he never caredabout what other people thought of him or anything cause he knew in his heart who he was and that has a smart, funny, caring, 7th grade boy. Yesterday was his birthday and i recieved a couple of text messages telling me that but one of them really stood ot to me it said make 13 wishes for Kj so he can have 13 of his own, a wish that I cept on repeating was, I wish that day at the track never happened and that Kj was still alive today so that we could enjoy his presents. Even though Kj is gone he is and will always be my role model and somebody who i can always look up to.
I miss you soooo much Kj
Jacob | 06.17.08 - 6:48 pm

I know that yesterday was kj's birthday. It's really sad that he's not here for it. I want to say thank you to kj's family for letting Aubrielle and i let balloons go with you. kj is forever in my heart.

Kayla W. | 06.17.08 - 11:27 am

Today June 16th is Kj's birthday. He was a good friend of mine and his birhtday is only 10 days after mine. Kj was always the kid at school who would tell you happy birthday like 10 times if it was your birthday and every time you saw him he would give you a smile. So i just wanted to say happy brithday to kj...everyone is thinking of him today.
Margaret Paul | 06.16.08 - 6:57 pm

Hi Mckinster family! I remembered that today was KJ's thirteenth birthday. I'm really sorry that you lost him but I know that today he'd really just want you to celebrate the times you had with him. He's a great friend and I'm sure he was a great sibling, son and grandson. He was definatly a great friend. You have no idea how many texts about his birthday I've gotten.I know he loves you and he'd just want you to celebrate his birthday so he can see your smiles.
Aubrielle | 06.16.08 - 3:39 pm

Talked to Marta today and found your website. I have been thinking about your family and praying for healing and peace for you guys. love Karen
Karen Quick | 06.16.08 - 8:45 am

Today, June 16th, would have been KJ's thirteenth birthday. Today would have been the day he was "officially" a teenager. KJ & I had a very special bond from the day he was born and we still have that bond even though it saddens me not to be able to have our conversations, laugh together and share our precious hugs and kisses.

KJ spend many happy times with me as we had fun when we fished, camped, swam, played games, went on vacations and even made up a play he performed at our home. I was so fortunate to have had him in my life and shared all the good times we had together. I moved to the East Coast but I still remember when he visited and we took in all the sights and how he truly enjoyed the history and appreciated everything. I remember we would take walks in the evenings and he would catch fireflies in a glass jar but would always release them so they would be free again. I know KJ is free now but today I especially miss him as we used to celebrate our birthdays together. My birthday is June 15th and I received the best belated birthday gift from his parents on June 16th, 1995. Sweet dreams, my angel.

Love, Grandma Marta
Marta Renteria (Grandmother) |
Marta Renteria (Grandmother) | 06.16.08 - 4:48 am

Today, June 16th, would have been KJ's thirteenth birthday. Today would have been the day he was "officially" a teenager. KJ & I had a very special bond from the day he was born and we still have that bond even though it saddens me not to be able to have our conversations, laugh together and share our precious hugs and kisses.

KJ spend many happy times with me as we had fun when we fished, camped, swam, played games, went on vacations and even made up a play he performed at our home. I was so fortunate to have had him in my life and shared all the good times we had together. I moved to the East Coast but I still remember when he visited and we took in all the sights and how he truly enjoyed the history and appreciated everything. I remember we would take walks in the evenings and he would catch fireflies in a glass jar but would always release them so they would be free again. I know KJ is free now but today I especially miss him as we used to celebrate our birthdays together. My birthday is June 15th and I received the best belated birthday gift from his parents on June 16th, 1995. Sweet dreams, my angel.

Love, Grandma Marta
Marta Renteria (Grandmother) | 06.16.08 - 4:39 am

this year has been the best school year ever but when kj had passed it all went bye bye i miss him so. in the yearbook they made a memorey page for him and it was the sweetest thing. i will always look back at the times we had together. I am the friend that couldn't go to bulwinkles for choir it was my idea to go on the go carts but i couldn't so one of my best friends went on them for kj and i. Aubrielle thank u sooo much! and kj... I MISS U SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!
ashlynn s | 06.10.08 - 9:19 am

I didn't know KJ all that well. I had seen him in the hall often, on the way up to the office and such. He didn't know who I was, I am an 8th grader, he was a 7th grader. Still, when I passed him, I felt as though I knew him my whole life, he smiled and said hello to me. He was one of the most warm 7th graders I passed him. Whenever I saw him, he would smile, and I know he is in Heaven. Although it has almost been two months, people at School still remember him and still love them with all their hearts. I am moving on to high school, and will always remember his smile in the hallway. He was an amazing kid,I'm sure. KJ will be missed and love by all.
God Bless You All! #56
-Lara B. (8th grade at KJ's School)
Lara B. (School Mate) | 06.06.08 - 6:05 pm

I can't believe it's almost been 2 months since Kj left. It seems like it was yesterday most of the time. Kj was, OH MY GOSH! The coolest guy in the school. People would give anything to have him back. Everyone loved him and every month on the 11th although it's only come once I wear something or have something that reminds me of something. On Friday the choir went to Bulwinkles and there were go-carts there my friend couldn't go but before we knew she couldn't go we decided that we would go on the go-carts in honor of KJ. Then she told me she was grounded a little while later in the week so I was going to go on the go-carts in honor of him for both of us. So when I went the go-carts were nothing like the ones KJ rode. I could imagine him on his racing past all of ours that hardly got up to 5 miles. I could still see why he loved it though. I love KJ with all my heart!
Thank you for letting me let go of the balloons with you. Yu are a very sweet family and i can see that your staying happy and keeping the trackk safe for others in KJ's honor which is such a great thing for you to do. I know he's smiling down on you. All my love for such a loving family.
Aubrielle Frerichs!
Aubrielle F. | 06.01.08 - 10:30 am

I am so proud that you can channel this very unfortunate incident into such an awesome thing you are doing for racing safety and in memory of your son! It is truly the best think you could ever do. I know how difficult that can be. I have experienced and lost a family member due to my parents neglegent gun handling and lost my brother when we were just young teens and I always wanted to do something that would teach or help others to prevent others from ever having to experience such a tragedy. But I guess I just could never bring myself to do it. Thank you for being better than that! We can only grow from it, and the pain will lessen with time. I think what your doing is awesome! It is so easy to go into a shell. DONT! Keep doing what your doing and ALWAYS remember the good times! Nothing can change what has happened, but you are making a difference for the sport and many other families that live and love this sport. My son is 6 and last year we got him into quarter midget racing, and it scares me to death to watch him. My son had won many races as a rookie last year and they used him as an example many times to teach the other children in his training class. Our family has been racing many generations and it's in our blood. My son loves racing more than anything in the world. My husband has semi-retired racing himself to put his time and energy into our sons racing. We made suggestions last year to improve our track and they seemed to just ignore us and even at one race my husband brought it up at one of the region races at our home track this regional track guy judging the race or something like that, that putting lights up on our track (red,yellow & green) should be mandatory on all tracks and he just gave us a shitting attitude and told us we just need to teach our son and control his actions out on the track, because he could be a little rough at times. Well, yes... he is learning and we are teaching him all this, but it doesnt ALL just come automatically to a 5 year old. But it shur would have been helpful to have lights so the kids would know when there was a caution out if the flag was behind their back and maybe he wouldn't run into someone, because he didn't see a yellow light before the person in front of him did, for example. My son has been watching nascar races since he was a week old and his daddy racing at the tracks. He knows and understands what lights are, and there is a reason why all Nascar tracks have them and probably most every dirt or pavement track in the country out there has them. But why wouldn't they think of that for these tracks that our children race on A LONG TIME AGO! Sorry to keep going on. To make a long story short, this year, I guess, I heard they finally did put up the lights like we suggested. I just don't know why they had to treat us like we were idiots when we were making the suggestion. Thank you for what you are doing for this sport. Safety should ALWAYS come first!!! Be
Amy | 05.30.08 - 8:50 am

I know its been awhile but I still feel like I need to say something. Nobody ever hated KJ, no one hated his sense of humor the way he laughed and even his smile. We all loved ya KJ RIP #56.
Ryon Clement | 05.24.08 - 12:54 pm

I am but a passing stranger but like you I, too, am a parent. The pictures of KJ at home and on the track say a lot of him and his loving family. You can see the love amongst all of you. KJ knew what he loved and knew that he was loved. Please accept my condolences and God bless you and your family.
Ben C. | 05.18.08 - 9:03 pm

Hi guys, again sorry for the loss.
Its Troy, just wanted to let you know have been trying to get a hold of you.
wrong schedule on thursday! I called the number from your message but got a fax machine. Tried to look up in book but no number listed.
can you call me on cell again, your number is blocked. Maybe we can make a meeting happen.

troy fowler | 05.16.08 - 10:31 am

Dear Jackie and family,

Dad called me today and let me know of your terrible loss. KJ sounds like he was a wonderful little guy. I wish I could have known him. You both must have been so very proud of him...My heart and prayers are with you. Jackie, we've never had the chance to know one another well, but know that I am here for you if you should ever need anything.


Elizabeth Kator | 05.12.08 - 8:53 pm

Dear Ken, Jackie and family,
I have been thinking about Jackie all day today and just wanted you to know that I pray for your family and KJ just as Mikel asked me to do so many weeks ago. As a mother and wife of racers, thank you for making our tracks safer in memory of KJ. Call Mike if you would like me to help with any fundraising, etc. Take care.
Dolly Beaudoin (Mike Rolison's | 05.11.08 - 2:57 pm

Me and Kj werent as close as some of the other kids and him were. but that doesnt mean i dont care about what happened. Kj was one of the funniest kids i had ever met. He was also someone that never fought with him. I can see his smile right now. they left his name on the attendance sheets and everytime i see it i smile because i know he will never be forgotton. I hope they keep his picture in the yearbook. For memories.
Kylie Behmer | 05.08.08 - 8:01 pm

Ashynn | 05.08.08 - 8:00 pm

hey kj all i have been thinking about in science is when we would sit and laugh at each other because you would try to hide from me (just for fun) and you would peek over your book and then back down when i was looking. you would finally putthe science notbook down and we would just laugh at ourselfs all these great memories will last forever!
Ashlynn S. | 05.08.08 - 7:57 pm

I am so sorry and your family is in my prayers.
Tucker Cory | 05.07.08 - 7:09 pm

I just found out of the loss of KJ. I was the Race Director/Head Flagger of the Rotax Max/Gold Cup series till this year and I was always excited to see your rig pull into which ever track we were racing at. The series is blessed to have families such as yours racing in it. KJ was an excellent driver and was becoming an awesome young man. My heart completely aches for your loss and my prayers are with your entire family. The racing world has lost a rising star. I'm proud to have known him.
Nick Serfas | 05.03.08 - 9:01 pm

Hey man how is it in Heaven. I know Ur there cuz you were a great friend and a great person. Well I just want to say Im sorry for all the fights we got in Man Sorry Hope your haven a great time there see you in 70 years maybe
John Goodman | 04.30.08 - 2:43 pm

I have sat here for days, trying to think of what we could possibly say...and there are truly just no words. Please know how much we love you and how sorry we are. What a truly amazing young man! KJ will live forever in our hearts and we will spread this message to everyone we know so that something like this will never happen to another family again. All our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Summer Danforth | 04.30.08 - 4:07 am

KJ and my sone Brygham were pretty good freinds. they shared lots of laughs. I met KJ for the first time when he was in 3rd grade in Miss Kennedy's room. I was a parent helper and he was my helper. I think that is when he and Brygha became good friends. He was such a jpy to have over for sleep overs. always happy and Brygham love going to his house. he loved spending time with all of you . he loves little Sierra. we will miss KJ a lot but he will never leave our hearts.Brygham blogs about him daily. Our prayers stay with you all. Love Pam
pamela abbott | 04.24.08 - 2:45 pm

Kj also rode my bus he would look just a bit over to see who was getting on. His brown eyes would have a happy face on them and he would duck behind. everyday i walk on that same bus i get a sad feeling but i smile because i know i will always see those eyes of a friend there even when he's not. Nobody sits where he sat we always make sure we are not sitting there. I think about how we had party day and he would not beg for any food any of us brought. He would wait for his friends to get some before he did. The kids, staff, and teachers will always know kj McKinster as a great, loveing kid to all.
Ashlynn Schmitt | 04.24.08 - 2:40 pm

Kj was my best bud ever i just miss him a whole lot. I send my love and friendship to all of the Mckinster family we all will miss kj dearly. Kj would always do anything for his friends and i wish i could of been there for him whenever he needed it. The only thing i can say is he well missed by everyone who knew him. my best wishes go to you. No matter how much it hurts to say he's gone... he is really not he's still in our hearts.
Ashlynn Schmitt | 04.24.08 - 2:29 pm

Our prayers our with your family. We only met KJ a few times and he was always a great kid. Your loss is felt by the entire Karting community.

He will live in our memories and in photos forever.

The Slaughters
David Slaughter | 04.24.08 - 1:03 pm

Hi I don't know if you will remember me, but we spent time together as kids. I'm Artie Mike, and Summer's cousin. My mom and dad are Ken and Sue. We just want to send our love and care, you will be in our prayers.

Davis family
Chris Davis | 04.24.08 - 12:56 pm

I am sierra mckinster. I am 6 years old and I love kj. he was my friend a good good friend . his number was #56. i miss him very much. He had one bro his name was zac. i love kj more than anything in the world. yesterday was earth day and i planted for kj because he wanted me to do that. thank you to all of the people who made cards for us and peyton. the end
sierra | 04.23.08 - 7:38 pm

At the first Tri Cities race it was KJ and Frankie first and second and all I wanted to do was beat that little guy. It was his first big race in the Rotax Jr class and I had to give him a run for his money! OH I did I was on his butt the whole time. It was a very fun race because it kept you on your feet. I wanted to pass him so bad, but the better drivers always wins. KJ it was your race and Im glad you won.

KJ was an amazing racer! He would always be at the track for a practice day. KJ put so much time and effort into racing. He always had a smile on his face and loved his family.
We all miss you very much KJ!
You better be up in heven practicing beause when i get up there were racin!

You were a great kid! love ya!
Frankie Officer #13 | 04.23.08 - 7:28 pm

To the parents ok K.J.
K.J was a great kid and friend to me. At the 2007 nationals in Colorado, K.J and I always meet after qualifying or practice to talk about how our karts were and how the track was. When I got notice of the wreck it was like a piece of me fell away. He was a very kind kid who cared about others. My father and I came up with an idea to recognise him at the first 2 races of the rmax challenge. My father had 44 stickers made that said "in memory of K.J. McKinster" on them. When we got to the track within the first day of racing all the stickers were gone. you are all in my prayers.

-Taylor Mckeever age 12
Taylor Mckeever | 04.23.08 - 3:29 pm

The condolences from the Buecker family are so great that words cannot express it. The loss of a child from any kind of relationship is horrendous, but from a parents it must be unfathomable. And that is just a child. KJ in my mind is something more than that. He is an inspiration to everyone around him. During the memorial service, they frequently mentioned KJ as an angel. Personally I am not a religious person, but in KJ's case I have trouble describing him in any other way.I meant to tell you this at the memorial service, but I figured you were busy with other things and I better not interfere so here are a few anecdotes and memories that I have with KJ. We were all meeting in Centralia for a meeting about teams and working with Rolly. We all sat down and started talking about this and KJ takes out a pen and starts drawing cars on a napkin. These cars were not just VW beetle shaped, more my style just because it is all i can draw due to my lack of artistic skills, but they were his own concept cars and the detail and artistic talent that went into it was immense. Sierra was also at the meeting and really enjoyed being in KJ's presence. I mean who wouldn't. She would go over to the back of his chair and start climbing on it and occasionally bump KJ's arm making an errant mark on the masterful drawing on the napkin. KJ calmly looked over to Sierra and told her to please stop. I thought to myself, wow this kid is more mature than I am, and he even takes care of his sister and without fighting. This astounded me and confirmed that KJ truly is an amazing Kid. The second story is when I walked the track with him at Monroe. We started off going through the turns and I would tell him what the best line would be. He would then not only listen to what I was saying, but he told me why that line is the fastest. His level of knowledge for racing is so immense, it would have taken a normal person ten years to figure out. KJ truly is an amazing kid. Sometimes the worst things happen to the best people and this unfortunately is one of those. Once again, here at the Buecker household, we express our condolences. It is just impossible to express the emotion that I feel with words but I hope that this will help. Ken, Jackie and Sierra; although KJ was only a kid, his maturity, kindness, personality, and talent were years beyond his age. You did a wonderful job raising KJ and I enjoyed spending time with him on and off the track. - Danny Buecker #19 SDM
Danny Buecker #19 | Homepage | 04.22.08 - 9:06 pm

I want to be honest. I didn't really know KJ. But my friends told me about him and I saw him in the halls. He was always smiling and was a great laugh. When I saw all of the people that felt his lost, all the tears, I felt as if I knew him too. I cried and cried. He was such a part of this school. The teachers, the students, and the staff grieved for his loss.
One great thing happened at recess the day we found out. Some students and I pulled EVERYONE in the 7th grade down and we made a circle. We shared memories and tears. But we also shared laughs hearing about KJ. I would hear someone say "That's KJ for ya," and I would smile. Mr and Mrs. McKinster, Please know that we all miss him and will keep him in our hearts.
Jessie | 04.22.08 - 3:33 pm

I've been gone a long time. It has been years since I've been in touch with KJ's family, although I feel like I've stayed close through my Uncle Bruce. I find myself on the other side of the world, living in Australia now, and I'm just devastated that I'm so far away and I never met KJ and now I won't get the chance. I'm looking through this website and hearing stories through my family and I just can't get over what an amazing, handsome, fun-loving kid he was. Full of life. I grew up with his Dad, my cousin KC, and looking through these photos and reading these memories takes me back to my own childhood, running around the woods of the Northwest with KC and my brother Mike. KC was the same way. We had no idea life could be so fragile back then. All the crazy risks we took. Silly kid stuff, like climbing trees, BB guns, running around school rooftops--playing with fire, sometimes, admittedly, literally. There were never any consequences. Nor should there have been. We were kids. We played as kids. The worst-case scenario was just having to face our Dads after our latest stunt. This should have never happened to KJ. He was just having fun, following his passion, living his dream. He was just being a kid. I'm sorry I missed him in this life. I won't make that mistake in the next. May God be with you, KC, and your family. --Arthur, Linda, Gabriel and Jackson
Arthur Higbee | 04.21.08 - 6:33 pm

HI kj was one of my competitors in gokarting which was in regionals in 06 and i remember it as it was yesterday and now i cant believe it. KJ will never be forgotten in my life
Vinny Maestas | 04.21.08 - 5:57 pm

Clearly this tragic event has touched the entire country and South Florida is no exception. We are all very sadened but we want you to know that he will always be remembered in every young driver that races on KJ's behalf.

KJ... you will never be forgotten.

Collin Alexander | Homepage | 04.21.08 - 2:49 pm

KJ that win saturday night was for you buddy... You and Greg Moore were riding in that midget with me.

we will miss you

Paul Zimmerly
Paul | 04.20.08 - 11:05 pm

Me and Kj were pretty close! he was in almost all of my classes and he knew how to make everyone laugh! KJ is the kid who everyone knows. He was everyones friend. Kj has the biggest heart and everyone knew that. Kj and i used to have the best times in PE. we had lots of laughs and times to remember. im going to miss that a lot. i miss kj so much, but i know that he is in a much better place, heaven. we love u KJ. u r such an amazing person
Margaret Paul | 04.20.08 - 5:05 pm

My grandson KJ was a special person from the day he was born and that is not just a "bragging grandma". I have been reading the comments from friends and family and this is just who KJ was. KJ was humble and happy doing anything, never had complaints and loved to have a good time and I will miss everything about him. He loved his famiy so much and he had such a supporting family who will never be the same but will go on with their lives as that is what he would want, knowing him. He was fortunate to have this family who supported him in every way. I reassured his mom & dad that there are many people who go through a long, long life and never accomplish what he had in his short 12 years. KJ leaves behind a loving sister, Sierra and brother, Zac and I pray they are given the guidance to cope and understand. I love them dearly and pray they are held safe.

KJ's celebration of life held 4-18-08 was proof of how many lives he touched as there were around 400 friends and family who drove and flew thousands of miles to show their respect for our special guy. Rest peacefully, race your best (as you always have) and wait patiently my sweet prince as I will see you again.

Love you KJ
Marta Renteria (Grandmother) | 04.20.08 - 3:53 pm

I'm saddened by this tragedy .This should have never happened .I remember him always being a super kid . Ron goodman called me with this and I couldn't believe this happened please e-mail me if you would like
Bill Maddox | 04.20.08 - 8:08 am

To the McKinster family; Our hearts are very sadden by the loss of your son KJ. Don used to race at the same track and in the Gold Cup and had a very close call that could have ended up with the same terrible results as well regarding that cable fence. He was lucky and only spent 4 days in the hospital, but I know he is having a hard time with your death knowing it could have been prevented. We have taken a strong stand to make sure that this is the last time anyone has to worry about that fence, as it was not taken care of years ago after Don's accident.
We look at KJ as Karting's "Dale Earnhart", it sadly took KJ's death to make this club and others I hope, to think about improving saftey at each and every track. Each and every racer will have KJ to thank for those changes and improvements.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family now and always. It has to be the hardest thing to lose a child and not have him there each and every day. From what others say it never goes away but it does get easier with time. Just always know that KJ is with you laughing and listening.
Don & Lisa Monk | 04.20.08 - 1:51 am

KJ was as close to a brother I will ever get. He always was happy. Never mad. Even when I broke his pocket bike. He was just laughing about it. Not yelling at me. I really am sad about what happend and he shouldent have gone yet. I hope little sierra and the rest of the family can make it through this very hard time.
Brygham | 04.19.08 - 6:24 pm

He rode my bus.. and we always would laugh and have a great time! I used to always say KJ your great, and he would always say so i've been told and we would laugh!! I will always rememeber him!!
Meagan Horvath | 04.19.08 - 3:35 pm

KJ is the kid everyone wants to be friends with. He knew that even though he was small he could have the heart and passion of two people!! He had something really good going for him and still does up in heaven, and has a great family. Let the lord be with you. I one of the younger girls who came up at the memorial! I know KJ can see how much we love him! He is a great kid! I will miss him... he has really impacted my life and i will never forget him!! I love KJ!!
Meagan Horvath | 04.19.08 - 3:33 pm

Everyone loved Kj, he was a great kid. He did not know but all the girls had a crush on him because of that. I never in my life herd him say anything rood or mean about another person. In evrything I do I think about him. Espeshaly when i am doing what I love, horseback ridding. When i ride I know not to hold back, and live my life to the fullist. I used to be so carful, but since Kj has died I have taken it to the next level and in the prosses gotten buked off a hole lot more. But it is all worth and Kj made me relized that. If i die young i want to do it just like Kj, doing what I love.
Kj has inpaked my life, he is my roe moddel, buddy and someone who will never be forgoten!
Rachel Danielski | 04.19.08 - 3:04 pm

I didn't have the pleasure of knowing KJ and his family, but I can tell what an amazing boy he was. He was beautiful, and gifted! I sit and read these, and I am crying. My heart goes out to his family. I lost my sister when she was 13, and now, being a mother, I can't imagine the pain of losing a child! I guess I can only say that God needed an Angel, and He only takes the best!! Thoughts and Prayers are with you!!
Angie and Family (Tia's neighb | 04.19.08 - 11:19 am

I am KJ's painter. This young man was something truly special. When Ken and KJ first walked into my shop I knew that these were people I was going to know for a long time. KJ was one of the brightest, most polite and generally cool people that I have met. A Steve McQueen in the making. Doing projects for KJ and Ken was an experience that I looked forward to because they always brought a positive attitude when they were around. I am having a hard time writing this.

I am a better person for having known KJ.

My heart is with the family. KJ, rest in peace brother.

Sam Kemper | 04.19.08 - 9:47 am

KJ was in my home room he might as well be the definition ofa home room cause when you were in his class he made it seem like everyone was family. Nobody was of any less of importance when it came to him. I feel so bad all the time but I know he'd want me to be happy, but sometimes you can't change the feeling inside.
KJ talked so highly of go-carting I want to try it just in honor of him. he talked like it was such a rush and like it gave you the thrill of the life time!
i remember his prepositions. Eric couldn't keep up with KJ so Kj had to lead him slowly through it. His face always showed the funniest expressions. I laughed at everything he did. It was always funny! I know you all feel terrible but love the memories love the time you spend with each other. I know it's hard to think of life without him but he loved you and he'd want you to live your lifes as happy as possible. Metting you I can tell you all truly loved him and I'm sure he's smilling down on you and protecting you as you live. You all were very nice when I met you at the memorial service. He lived a great life and wouldn't have wanted to go any other way. I'm so sorry. Aubrielle
Aubriellle Frerichs | 04.18.08 - 10:35 pm

You brought joy to everyone who came to know you. heaven is a better place now that you are there. You will always be in our hearts and our memories! We know that we will see you again. we will pray for your parents and help support them through this difficult time. we will tell sierra all of the funny stories and memories we had wih you. Like the times when we went to the beach and stay for the week and we would play in the sand and throw sand and fly kites, you can still be with us this summer when we go. your legacy will live on forever.

Farwell my love!
i love you so much!!

love auntie tara and cousin tia!
Tia And Tara Shanor ( cousin a | 04.18.08 - 10:33 pm

We all loved Kj. He ALWAYS had a smile on no matter what...School seams so empty now....this may sound weird but i dont care...he had science 6th period and i have it 7th and everytime i would go he would try to pack up fast becasue he sat in my seat...i would help him or orginize his binder while he was getting ready....and when i would sit down the seat would be warm....but at monday when i went to science there was no Kj to help...and my seat was cold as ice....Kj was a very very very very kind person....he was amazing...he would come up to me at recess and make funny jokes i wont forget last year i was crossing this line and he said "excuse me ma'm you are not allowed to pass that line" I said "why" he said becasue i am the police here and i said was a really funny just had to be their to see his face expressions....i imagine him walking in the halls just smiling at anyone he see's....i wrote a poem for kj on monday when i came to school

This is for you Kj and your family:

You went away so fast,
just like your go-cart,
just like you flew on the track,
now your flying in the sky,
but one thing is,
you went away taking your favorite dream.

I wrote this poem and gave it too you on the school letters. I kind of changed it around but i hope you like it... i have more coming and i will share them with you if you like... Kj, was a great racer, friend, brother,son, grandson,family, and most of all a big heart.

To Kj's mom and dad:
You both raised a great person... you should be proud of that...and you were always there for were the ones who let him continue his dream.

To Zachary Kjs brother:
I no its very hard to lose a brother or a sister...i had that happen to just have to fight it...i am sure Kj looked up to you alot.

Sierra Kjs sister:
Sierra never forget your matter how young you are...Its great having a brother or two...i had two brothers...i am just like you...the same age diffrences now i have one...but love your oldest brother as much as possible and never forget Kj.

Please fight threw this....I no every single one of us can...lets just ingrave Kj, Mckinster, #56 in our hearts forever...

- Love Arpine Kalashyan
(school friend)
Arpine | 04.18.08 - 9:20 pm

Kj was a great friend, team mate, and school mate. He will be dearly missed by everybody who knew him as well as myself. he was #56 on the track, #1 on the finish line and know #1 in our hearts
jacob f | 04.18.08 - 8:58 pm

KJ I love you and the spirit in which you lived every moment will never be forgotten. No matter what is real and what is not, KJ was truly an angel on earth, love always.
Shannon | 04.18.08 - 8:50 pm

We were honored to be at KJ's clebration of life today, you are an amazing family and you could see that today! We feel truly blessed to know you as our friends, and our hearts hurt so much for you! Our prayer is for the Lord to never leave your side. We love you guys! -the yoshida family
carrie yoshida | 04.18.08 - 8:10 pm

kj was so awesome...he was nice to everybody...he was a kid that everyone could get along with...i am pretty sure he is one of the nicest kids in the sorry...missy
melissa high | 04.18.08 - 7:45 pm

KJ was a very awesome person you guys are very lucky! I hope you know that you and his friends are kept in my thought and prayers EVERY night!

Love: Dannalee
Dannalee | 04.18.08 - 7:39 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the McKinster family. We had seen KJ race at many events and it was apparent that he was a talented driver with great support from his family. Our deepest condolences to his family, and we sincerely hope that this tremendous loss will result in safer tracks where this can never happen again.

Mike, Jeanette, and Cameron Kingsley
Mike Kingsley | 04.18.08 - 6:17 pm

KJ was a great guy. He was on my football team and he made everybody laugh. Having him around was awesome. I will miss him so much.
Marley (girl on football team | 04.18.08 - 5:57 pm

Please know that you have been in our thoughts and prayers all week. We work with Julie at Renal Care Consultants and were at work with her when she heard the news. All of us here have been thinking about you. We are deeply sorry for your loss-he sounded like a wonderful young man.
Julie R and Kristen S | 04.18.08 - 3:13 pm

Though we did not know him personally we are truly saddened by KJ's passing and your deep loss. As an older karter I am forever encouraged by the decent nature and competitive spirit of our young racers. This was one special young man who's light shone very brightly during his time on earth. Thank you for allowing us to honor his memory. His spirit lives on.
Bruce & Gretchen Berg (Seattle | 04.18.08 - 1:04 pm

In just the short time we had, we got to know KJ as a most wonderful, engaging, thoughtful, cheerful, fun, humble person. We couldn't have asked for a better, more special kid to have on the team, sharing pit space, always giving, perking us up, and raising our game.

We'll miss him very much, there will always be a big empty spot in our hearts.

Our sincerest condolences to Ken, Jackie and Sierra, thank you for sharing KJ with us, his memory will be with us always.

Tim and Stepanova
Tim Skeel | 04.18.08 - 12:26 pm

Your in my thoughts, more than you'll ever know. KJ & Sierra have rode my bus(Rt #54) for last year & this year. Very nice,polite, and respectful to everyone. I felt that all of you showed such love & caring for one another. Will miss seeing him on the golf cart taking Sierra to the end of the drwy. Also again Thank-You for sharing the Web Site. Chris
Chris Longanecker | 04.18.08 - 11:24 am

We met at Roman & Helen's wedding. We're heart broken to learn about KJ. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing such a lovely web site - his memory will never be lost. God Bless!
Rose & Jamie Stratton | 04.18.08 - 10:16 am

We didn't know the Mckinster family personally, but as a mother and of one who's son races also, I want to extend my deepest sympathy on behalf of my family and the entire community. We are grieving along with you and you are in our prayers every day. God be with you through this difficult time.
The Zeutschel Family
Zeutschel Family | 04.18.08 - 9:33 am

Lord, please hold ken and Jackie close and don't ever let go
Friend | 04.18.08 - 12:45 am

KJ went to my school too. he was in almost all of my classes. he was an amazing person. he always had a smile on his face and he had a big heart. i will miss u KJ.
Friend | 04.18.08 - 12:43 am

We race with the McKinster family; I can't imagine what they're going through, but not many people get to live their dream; KJ did! God honored him in that and now his life will touch millions. God bless you all.
Friend | 04.18.08 - 12:42 am

KJ went to my school (West Orient)and he was an awesome guy. Every time I saw him he always had a smile on his face. Everyone at my school is saying "now he is racing in the clouds." Everybody loved him and will miss him.
Friend | 04.18.08 - 12:41 am

Our boys went to preschool together at Ken and Jackie's center - then a few years later Jackie and I were pregnant - expecting babies at the same time - our new babies, got to grow up around one another and once again we got to see the McKinster family on a regular basis. My only regret is we didn't make more time - funny how you have regrets. I know they know how much they mean to me, I should have told them more. They loved my boys unconditionally day in and day out even when they were unlovely and throwing fits. They have a true calling to be with kids and they have been such a blessing to my family. I wish I could do something to ease their pain.
Kimberlie | 04.18.08 - 12:36 am

I can't even begin to understand their anguish. KJ was an amazing kid, any parent would be so proud to call him son - Ken and Jackie had the honor. My thoughts and prayers are with you Ken, Jackie and Sierra.
Kimberlie | 04.18.08 - 12:35 am

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