MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point police officials are awaiting autopsy results in the death investigation of 12-year-old Moss Point student Lorel Malone. Chief Keith Davis said an autopsy on Malone was performed Friday evening in Alabama upon the request of his family.
Malone died after a fight at Magnolia Junior High School sent him to the hospital Thursday. WLOX News spoke with Malone's friends and youth pastor and has an update on the investigation.
"This is a very, very tough situation for law enforcement whenever you have a child involved," said Davis.
While the specific cause of Malone's death is still a mystery, Davis said his team is working to piece together the details surrounding the fight between two boys that turned deadly.
"Unfortunately, dealing with juveniles like this is really hard to talk about facts of the case. However, I am pleased with the direction the case is going. We interviewed several witnesses, and we are still waiting for the results of the autopsy to come in," said Davis.
Over at Church on the Rock in Pascagoula, several of the 12-year-old's friends gathered Saturday to express their shock and sadness over the school violence.
"No one ever knew Lorel's life would be taken so early. It is just really tragic," Devin Cady said.
"It really hurt. I was crying too. I was really upset," Daniel Good said.
Youth Pastor Jeremiah Lawrence said Lorel attended church here for more than a year. He hopes his untimely death will be wake-up call for kids to stop the violence in communities.
"Lorel's passing obviously puts a highlight on something that needs to be done in our schools. We will obviously pray about and we talk to God about. We will be proactive to help these things to not happen again," Lawrence said.
Lorel's friends are taking that message of non-violence to heart. They are encouraging others to do the same.
"We need a chain reaction not to bully each other in the community," James Cady said.
"You always want to talk to a teacher, principal or administrator and tell them what's wrong. If that doesn't work, try to walk away from it," Devin Cady said.