MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A grieving family is praying that tragedy doesn't strike twice. The Hugger Family and friends gathered Friday night in Moss Point to mourn the loss of one teenager, and raise money to help another recover from critical injuries.
They came by the dozens to remember DJ Hugger, and help bring in money to help pay the medical bills of his brother, PJ.
A car accident last week took the life of DJ, and critically injured PJ. Some wore shirts with the message "bettering ourselves." Others had quiet ways of showing their support and sorrow.
PJ will need months of rehab to repair his shattered arm, and that's why this gathering came about.
"We're asking anyone that can help with the fundraiser," family friend Calvin Hutchins said. "You don't know how it is when you've got one that's deceased and you have another that's suffering from a lot of critical pains."
Memorabilia on a table made it clear the brothers had a love for football, and each other. While the people emptied their plates, they also emptied their wallets with donations, and gave out their affection for free.
Breelon DeFlanders is a best friend. "Everybody is coming out here to show their love, and that means a lot to their family. That's the definite reason."
Obviously, losing one teenager is very hard on the family. Having another critically injured is just as tough. But there's one thing that's helping this family cope, and survive these very tough times.
"If we're not strong, it's going to be harder for him to recover," the boy's aunt, DyShika McDonald said. "So we have to remain strong at all times to care for him and take care of all of his needs from here on out, because he's got a long road ahead of him."
But Hutchins said there's something even more important than money in times like these.
"Just continue to pray for the strength. That's what we're asking for, continue to pray."
DJ's funeral is Saturday. PJ was released Friday from a Hattiesburg hospital, but will need months of additional medical treatment.
If you would like to help the Hugger family, an account has been set up in the family's name at any Navigator Federal Credit Union branch.