FORT VALLEY -- Two memorial vigils and the funeral service have been scheduled for an 8-year-old boy who was killed Tuesday after someone fired through the front door of a Fort Valley apartment.
Jai’mel Anderson, clad in his pajamas, had stayed up late to watch television. He was shot once in the leg and once in the upper torso as he lay on an air mattress in the living room of his mother’s boyfriend’s apartment. One person has been arrested but has not been charged with the shooting.
The tragedy has touched the heart of the community, which has rallied behind the family.
“I just want to show them that we are behind them,” said Angela Alcantar, of Fort Valley, who is organizing Saturday’s 6 p.m. candlelight vigil at the gazebo in downtown Fort Valley.
Also Saturday is a 1 p.m. vigil at the Indian Oaks Apartments where the shooting occurred.
“We are greatly appreciative of them taking their time out for us,” said Cherie Williams, Jai’mel’s aunt. She said family members plan to attend both vigils.
The funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at the Warner Robins CME Church at 200 Othal H. Lakey Circle between Wellborn Road and South Davis Drive, Williams said. Burial will follow at Parkway Memorial Gardens at 720 Carl Vinson Parkway.
Jai’mel was a third-grader at Westside Elementary School in Warner Robins.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.