PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX)- Jamarcus Peairs' family is facing one of the hardest things any family could ever have to face, the loss of one of their own. Tough economic times are bearing down on them, too. They are struggling to find the money to give Peairs a proper funeral and burial. The funeral is set for next Saturday, which means time is running out, but the money isn't rolling in.
Peairs' mom, Ashunda Shannon is a single mother. She usually works to support her children, but medical issues have kept her away from work for the past month. That only makes it harder to deal with her family's tragedy.
"I wasn't ready for it. I don't have no kind of insurance or nothing for support, but I have friends and family that are helping me," Shannon said.
Now she is faced with financing a funeral and a burial. It's not easy for her to make ends meet while helping her children, who miss their brother.
"We used to do everything together. We used to go get on the computer together. We used go outside, go places together, everything," said his older brother Marcus Peairs. "But ever since he passed away, we can't do all that no more. And it's hard to do it without him."
For this family, all eyes are turned to Saturday, when Jamarcus will be laid to rest. The family hopes the finances are in place to fund it.
"I'm getting help from family and friends, but I don't know how much help it's been so far," said Shannon.
Help is also coming from a trust fund set up in Jamarcus' name at Keesler Federal Credit Union. They hope it will cover the funeral costs.
"I hope we get through it. Bury him Saturday and just try to move on, but he's still gonna be in everybody's heart. I know (it)," said Marcus Peairs.
"When he gets laid to rest the way he's supposed to, I'll probably be happy," said Shannon.