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September 17, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Goodbye Electron Boy

Thumbnail image for electron boy.jpgUPDATE 11:28 a.m. — I’m told by a Sounders FC spokesman that there will be a video tribute to Electron Boy after warmups, so I’d recommend getting there early. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The death of 14-year-old Erik Martin has hit the Sounders FC community particularly hard. Last year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted the Bellevue youngster a full day of adventures as Electron Boy, part of which involved the Sounders. Here’s what I remember from that day.

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April 29, 2010.

Seemingly just a regular Sounders FC practice. It wasn’t.

After conducting our interviews at the end of the training session, reporters got word that there was something else in store. Something special. The regional chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation was going to fulfill the dream of Erik Martin, aka Electron Boy, and they were on the way to the stadium.

Curious, I stuck around…

The choreographed events had Electron Boy saving the team, which was stuck in a dark locker room. Upon their rescue, the Sounders posed for pictures with the superhero (I took the one above) and gave him some gear. But the proceedings were soon interrupted by a message on the big screen. Electron Boy was needed elsewhere as Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy were causing some more mayhem downtown.

As soon as he came, Electron Boy was gone. Later that night, I was able to keep up with what happened in his adventures through our story online, video coverage and a photo gallery.

Things didn’t end there, however.

Later in the season, Electron Boy received a Golden Scarf before Seattle’s Aug. 28 match versus Chicago. He also inspired a comic book.

I’ll never forget him or that day and I know I’m not alone. Some Sounders still have Electron Boy stickers adorning their lockers at the stadium.

To close, here is some reaction I saw on Twitter to Friday’s sad news:

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Very sad to hear about the passing of Electron Boy. Will never forget hIs strength and courage. Thoughts are with his family.
Sep 16 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

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RIP Erik Martin aka Electron Boy! Was a blessing to have met you. You inspired our whole team! True SUPERhero you are! http://t.co/6ncYDL8y
Sep 16 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

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Our hearts are heavy as we remember #ElectronBoy, a superhero (and wish kid!) who saved Seattle. http://ht.ly/6wSOF
Sep 16 via HootSuiteFavoriteRetweetReply

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We lost 1 of our own today with the passing Erik Martin, Electron Boy. Thank you for protecting Seattle http://t.co/F5YJJzBs#electronboy
Sep 16 via HootSuiteFavoriteRetweetReply

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Is there any way we could get @soundersfc to wear their electricity kits tomorrow in honor of #ElectronBoy? DC are black, so no problem?
Sep 16 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

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Taken to soon from us. R.I.P. #ElectronBoy. It is always a sad day when a Superhero falls. Thank you for protecting Seattle & @soundersfc.
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