Parents remember son killed in Portsmouth crash as ‘fearless, tenacious’

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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — A Freetown couple is trying to come to grips with a devastating loss after their son was killed in a motorcycle crash last weekend.

Michael and Linda Brodeur’s 25-year-old son Jagger Gibeault was out riding with friends last Saturday afternoon, when he crashed his motorcycle while taking an on-ramp to Route 24 North in Portsmouth.

Michael said there was not much crews could do to save his son. 

“I was a firefighter in New Bedford for 28 years, and I saw many people on the worst days of their life,” he said. “And you take that, and you go home, and you say, ‘How do those people get through it?'”

“You never know when’s the last time they will walk out the door. The last two words I said to Jagger were, ‘Ride safe,'” Michael added.

Michael and Linda both said Jagger was fearless, tenacious and unapologetically himself.

“He thought he was invincible,” Linda said. “I know what his biggest regret would be, he’s not going to be there for Mason.”

Mason is Jagger’s 6-year-old son.

“Mason said, ‘Does this mean I have no more daddy?'” Linda recalled. “What do you do? You can’t fix that.”

The Brodeurs have set up a GoFundMe page for Mason. Though they realize money cannot replace his dad, they hope it can help ease the burden.

“That’s kind of what we want because we all found out the hard way that life’s too short, you know?” Michael said.

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