A neighborhood gathered in memory of a 12-year-old boy Wednesday at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center on North Stone Avenue.
“Jordan is really going to be missed,” said his mother, Jasmine Vance, as she stood among her family, her son Korbyn, only 3, at her knees.
Jordan Lloyd died Monday of a gunshot wound to the head, suffered on Saturday evening when, according to neighbors, he was playing with friends in the backyard of a house just a few doors down from where he lived. Jacquez Wilson, 16, has been charged with murder in the shooting.
In front of the church, a microphone had been set up next to a small amplifier, surrounded by tables decorated with candles that had blown out on a windy day, a white wooden cross and fliers showing a smiling small boy with the words “Jordan you are loved and remembered. God gives us victory over death, hell and the grave through Jesus.”
About 90 people from the surrounding houses on North Stone Avenue and McLean Street came together on the lawn after Lt. Jamaal Ellis, a Salvation Army corp officer, turned up a hymn on the sound system. Others arrived in cars from around Greenwood.
The family walked slowly together to the church, including Jordan’s mother and his father, Mark Fisher. Fisher said he only learned about the vigil for his son when he read it in the Commonwealth.
“Thank you for coming out for my baby,” Vance said. “Jordan was a good kid. ... I’m sorry for whatever happened to my baby, but there’s nothing I can do about that.”
Vance told people gathered on the lawn of the church that Jordan fought to live, even after she was told his brain was dead.
“Jordan never felt one pain from when he was shot until he was dead,” she said.
“We all know what happened here,” Ellis said. “We need to be there for each other. These moments are precious, so take full advantage of them.”
Ellis urged people to come together as a community and for adults in the community to get up from the couch and come down off the porch and lead the youth of the community by example. He said recording artists were “poisoning our community with their words,” and urged people to “speak the words of life” to the young people of Greenwood.
“We want to make sure we cover this community in prayer, that we cover this family in prayer,” Ellis said.
Vance said a community funeral for Jordan will be held Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. in the Leflore County Civic Center.
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The original version of this article incorrectly reported that Mark Fisher had only learned about his son's death after he read it in the Commonwealth.