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11/14/04

Memory Of Pascagoula Boy's Life Helping Those In Need

"It will be three years that he was killed this march," Staten's mother Melissa Laseter says.

The parents of seven year-old Staten Laseter are trying to make the most out of a family tragedy.

They hope Sunday's walk will keep the memory of Staten's life and his love for helping others alive.

"Staten was very involved as far as giving to the animal shelter. He was a very giving and loving person," says Laseter.

That's why the family asked everyone who participated in the walk to donate animal food and supplies.

"I know he would still be doing if he were here," Laseter adds.

Everyone wearing the special "Staten's Friend" shirt also donated money to another of Staten's favorite charity's, Our Daily Bread.

"That will feed a lot of people during the holidays. Makes you feel good," Laseter says.

"He was just a wonderful kid," says Staten's father Jeff.

Though Staten's parents find it hard to understand why their first child was taken away so quickly, they say his death has taught them a valuable lesson.

"Time on Earth is precious. You got to live each day to the fullest and that's what he has taught us," his father adds.

For the Laseters, living each day means remembering their son,

By continuing to help those in need, they hope to keep his spirit alive.

By: Jaimee Goad

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