PRINCETON, W.Va. (WVVA) – On Thursday, two separate events honored the life of 14-year-old Kierra Jackson, who was missing for five days before being found dead in her home.
At Princeton High School, many people who knew Jackson and his family were able to pay tribute Thursday night, one week after Jackson’s death. Although the school has had grief counselors since last week to help students process the situation, former Jackson principal and current Princeton High School Principal Krissy Zickafoose said events like Thursday’s are the most important part of processing that grief.
“It’s important that the community, our students, our families are able to express our feelings,” Zickafoose said. “It’s a very tragic event, it’s not something we ever want to see with any of our students or family, and we want to give Kierra’s family and her siblings as much support and closure as possible, because. it means a lot to us.”
“His sister is one of our classmates and she’s also part of the tiger family,” said student body president Lily Powell. “So I felt like another tiger that we all needed to come together as a community and help right now.”
Thursday’s student-led vigil was not the only Jackson event at Princeton. Earlier in the day, a local trucking group, 304 Takeover, led a ride to Kierra Jackson, where drivers drove past the Mercer County Courthouse, the Princeton Police Department and finally the home where Jackson was found dead last week.
Those who participated in the day’s two events said it is important for the community to come together to address such a tragedy.
“You know, I’m proud of our community that they’re willing to take time for someone they don’t know, to do that and show them support,” said Raymond Lambert, 304 founder. acquisition
“It makes me very angry that it takes something like this tragedy to come together as a community,” Powell said. “But it’s just a reminder that as a community we need to stick together and spread the love in this time of darkness.”
Another vigil for Jackson is planned for Friday in Welch, providing another opportunity for people to come together as a community and grieve as many search for answers and ways to help each other moving forward.
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