Carl Bane loved the outdoors.
Like a modern-day Huck Finn, all you had to do to keep Carl entertained was open up the front door. Once outside, the world was his oyster.
"You just let him go outside and explore the world, find stuff to do," said his grandmother, Rose Shaffer.
Carl, who perished alongside his mother, father and older brother in their Waveland home during Hurricane Katrina, was 13 years old when he died.
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When he wasn't romping in the yard with his dogs, or fawning over the family's two pet parakeets, Carl could often be found huddled over his Nintendo.
"He really liked that Nintendo, and all those racing games," said Shaffer.
But most of all, Carl loved working alongside his dad.
"He'd get out there and help his daddy clean up the yard, help with the barbecue grill, everything," said Shaffer.
For Carl, that was pure heaven.