A special candlelight vigil was held Friday night for the 12 year old Moss Point student who died last week after a fight at school. The sun was setting on the Pascagoula Beach as a crowd gathered to remember the young boy. It was one week ago that Lorel Malone died. Lakenisa Nobles, Malone’s mother, says, “I just know that he wants me to remember him as a happy child and he'll always be looking down on me.” The mood at the vigil was solemn. A week later, friends and family still struggle with the tragic loss. Carolyn Cruz, Malone’s aunt, says, “It's difficult. It's very difficult. I have sleepless nights where I get up because I can't sleep.” Those who attended the vigil remember a young man who brought so much joy to their lives.
There are still many unanswered questions as to the cause of Malone’s death. Many of those in attendance were fellow students. Whitney Vandenhurk, a classmate of Malone’s, says, “I didn't know who was in a fight. I went over to see who it was and I saw him lying there on the ground. The principal was shaking him trying to get him up.” An autopsy was performed on Malone, but the cause of his death has yet to be announced. Nobles closes, “Right now, I'm just blocking anything that I hear and I'm just putting it in God’s hands because I know he's in a better place. So any negative things I hear, I replace it with five or ten positives.”