THIBODAUX (AP) — A candlelight vigil for a 7-year-old disabled boy who was beheaded and dismembered is planned for Sunday. A funeral for the boy is scheduled for Tuesday.
The Comet reports (http://bit.ly/r5xUjB ) that the vigil will take place at 7 p.m. in Peltier Park in Thibodaux.
Jori Lirette, a wheelchair-user and second-grader with cerebral palsy, was killed a week ago. Police say his father, 30-year-old Jeremiah Wright, confessed to the killing. He was booked with first-degree murder and is being held on $5 million bond in the boy’s death.
On Sunday, participants plan to join in prayer, and the boy’s family has been asked to share stories about Jori. A funeral has been set for Tuesday.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Monday at Thibodaux Funeral Home in the chapel, and from 8 a.m. until funeral time Tuesday at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Thibodaux. Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church, with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in Thibodaux.
Meanwhile, a makeshift vigil that started with a single candle and a toy extends five feet beyond each side of the house where Jori Lirette lived and includes teddy bears, toys, balloons and flowers. The collection includes cherry lollipops and bottles of root beers, two of the treats that Jori’s mom has said he particularly enjoyed.
Information from: The Comet, www.dailycomet.com