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Hugs and Smiles: Community Remembers Jaidon Hill and Smith Family

BRANDON, Miss.–How to explain to a seven-year-old that his friend has been murdered, well, sometimes it’s just too hard to put into words and so the Stonebridge Elementary community let local pastors do most of the talking Tuesday night at a candlelight vigil to remember Jaidon Hill and his family, all who were murdered in Copiah County over the weekend.

About 100 people lit candles and sand “Jesus Loves Me” under an American flag, to which a picture of Jaidon was posted.

“I’ve got good news for you,” said one pastor. “The Bible tells us that young boys like Jaidon, when they die they go to heaven. I can tell you that Jaidon is in heaven tonight.”

That was answered with “Amen!”

Jaidon was described by the family’s pastor as all hugs and unconditional love.

“It’s hard to deal with,” said one of his teachers. “He will be missed greatly. It’s hard to belive it. I have four children of my own and when you think of that choice to take not only the adults but that child, it’s unfathomable.”

Hill and his mom and dad (Altria and Laterry Smith) were found Tuesday, shot to death in a shack in rural western Copiah County. They had been missing since the weekend.

Sheriff Harold Jones confirmed that they arrested a man named Timothy Burns in connection with the deaths. Burns may have led them to the bodies.

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