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Teen's Gift of Life Honored in Rose Parade
Teen's Gift of Life Honored in Rose Parade


A Las Vegas teenager murdered two years ago will be honored in this year’s Rose Parade.

Aric Brill was gunned down after leaving a party near Charleston Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard in February of 2009. Brill’s senseless death was given meaning when his organs were donated to others.

Brill’s gift of life will be honored as part of the Donate Life Float in this year’s parade. A floral portrait of Brill will be on the float. Brill’s mother says, when he went to get his driver’s license, she asked him if he wanted to be an organ donor. She says he replied without hesitation.

“Mom, if I don’t need my organs anymore, then I would want them to go to someone else,” Brill said.

That decision meant five other men, women and children got a second chance at life.

Brill is the first organ donor from southern Nevada to receive the honor. It is being made possible by a sponsorship from Palm Mortuary.

Part of the floral portrait will be created by artists in Las Vegas in December. Brill’s family will also help decorate the float in Pasadena. They will be there on January 2 to see it be part of the parade.