Two Mid-South children laid to rest on Saturday after their lives are violently cut short.
In Blytheville, Arkansas, family, nearly 200 friends and classmates of Jessica Williams, 11, said goodbye to the girl they remember as sweet and spunky.
"She loved coming to school every day; she loved her teachers, she loved her friends, she loved animals," says Williams' fifth grade teacher Crystal Seward, "She just was an 11-year-old kid that loved life."
Jessica's sixth grade classmate Dominic McBlide recalls, "She was always happy, cheerful; she loved to talk."
Williams was found dead in a ditch on Wednesday; her 17-year-old neighbor Chris Sowell was arrested and charged with her murder.
"The school gave out instructions on how we as parents are supposed to handle it and I told him, ‘Sweetheart, I failed right off the bat because I've been boo-hooing and you've been upholding me,'" says Dominic's mother Rolanda Meade.
Jamie Mosley drove Williams' bus for years, recalling, "She might get mad at me if I told her to sit down or something but then the next morning she'd get in the bus and give me a picture. She was a love."
Mosley says she has not been on Williams' route for a few week, adding she regrets is because maybe she could have helped the 11-year-old in her moment of need.
"I just knew all the children very well. I feel had I'd been on the bus maybe I would've seen or heard something," says Mosley, adding that, since the young girl's death, she has not had the emotional strength to return to the route that passes Williams' house just yet.
In Sardis, Mississippi, the community remembered Roderick Bobo, 15, who was killed at a shootout during North Panola High School's football game Aug. 23. Family and friends gathered at the high school's gym for Bobo's funeral Saturday morning.
Investigators believe the shootout was part of a multi-prong, gang-related fight between Sardis and Como, Mississippi. Three people were arrested for Bobo's murder and charged with Capital Murder.
Family tells FOX 13 that Bobo played football and basketball at North Panola before he joined a gang. They say he was thinking of getting back into sports before his sudden death.
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