Vigil held for Jori Lirette

POSTED: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 8:04pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 8:04pm

He had a disability that bound him a chair, but he had a presence that danced around the room. For Jesslyn Lirette, it’s difficult to say goodbye.

“I remember when you were born and I had to hold your hand for the first time. I cried,” said Jesslyn. “My life will never be the same. You're an angel now.”

The brutal murder of her child has cast a dark shadow over her community.

“I just don't know what could have been going through his mind when he decided to take this innocent child's life,” said Val Joseph of Thibodaux. “(But) we are still there for a shoulder to lean on if they need us.”

“It feels so good to see so many people support something like this,” said Rachel Babin, a former classmate of Jesslyn.

Family and friends shared their fondest memories of young Jori:

Shirley Hebert, a family member, said, “I held him as a baby when he came out the hospital.”

“He went to my school. He was a good little boy,” stated Jonathan Babin, one of Jori’s classmates. “He went to my school and now he's in heaven with paw-paw.

The family pulls strength from their community.

“It’s just a testament to the compassion that the city has for some that knew him and some that didn't know him,” said Thibodaux Police chief Scott Silverii.

As time passes, they begin to heal, holding tight to the memory of Jori Lirette.

“Kisses to my bug, my dinosaur, and the angel that has been called home,” said Jesslyn.

The funeral begins at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the St. Genevieve Catholic Church.

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