Top of the Morning, Sept. 16, 2018

Top of the Morning, Sept. 16, 2018

On Friday in suburban Indianapolis, family and a friend of the late Tyler Karuzis will go backstage to meet his country music hero: Brantley Gilbert.

"Trying to make something good out of terrible circumstances," said Danville's Trey Walters, who helped arrange what should be a memorable photo op.

Good friends Walters and Karuzis had purchased tickets to attend the Gilbert/Kid Rock concert in Noblesville. After Karuzis — a popular Westville 28-year-old — died in an August motorcycle accident, "obviously plans changed. I wasn't going," Walters said.

But Karuzis' sister, Lexi, reached out to Walters and said she'd like to represent her late brother in "TK TOUGH" gear that was printed soon after the accident. "That turned it all around," Trey said.

Wanting to do more, he took to social media in hopes of reaching Gilbert's camp to tell of the family's tragic story. It worked, a Gilbert representative emailed to say "meet and greet" passes would be left at will call. That will allow Lexi, her mother (Lisa) and younger brother (Cole) to mingle with Tyler's favorite musician and hand him "TK Tough" T-shirts.

"I'm sure there will be tears flowing," Walters said. "It'll be awesome thinking about (Tyler) laughing and shaking his head at us, (mad) that we got to meet (Gilbert) before he did."

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