OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The Jones family is one deeply rooted in faith.
"Since Monday, we've been comforted by that Facebook post because so many kids in this community have text me," said Sarah Jones. "They've called, they've inboxed me on Facebook crying, and saying 'I want to know God. I want to be saved.'"
The post has now been shared almost 2,000 times, and has racked up over 5,000 likes. The viral post has left many wondering what sparked the beautiful college student to affirm her faith via social media.
Her mom says it was a spiritual Easter Sunday experience at church.
"She was telling me, 'Mom, when Pastor August made the altar call for those that wanted to receive salvation to come up...I didn't want to move from my seat because I just wanted to talk to God myself,'" said Sarah said of her late daughter.
Sierra's mom and dad say they raised all four of their children in church. But, like any young woman, Sierra went off to college and began to seek her own personal relationship with God.
Talking about all their daughter wanted to be made it nearly impossible for the grieving parents to hold back tears.
"She was brilliant. Intelligent, witty, funny," added Sarah.
Sierra was captain of the St. Martin girls basketball team her senior year in High School, as well as a member of ROTC. But of the spotlight, she liked to write and sing songs.
"She was a natural leader, and she knew how to draw a crowd. She knew how to orchestrate a crowd. She was just amazing," said her father, Roshaun.
While it's difficult to find calm in the storm, the Jones' say God has made His presence known through the outpouring of love and support they've received from the community.
"You just don't realize how significant people are until something tragic happens, and it just kind of shows us, like Sierra said, God is real," said Sarah.
Funeral services for Sierra will be held Monday at the Frank Gruich Community Center in Biloxi. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. and the funeral starts at noon.