500 at vigil for beheaded disabled La. boy

AP News
Posted: Aug 21, 2011 10:25 PM
500 at vigil for beheaded disabled La. boy

Some 500 people came to a vigil Sunday night for a 7-year-old disabled boy whose father is accused of beheading, Thibodaux police said.

Peltier Park was filled with those honoring the memory of Jori Lirette, with an almost constant stream of arrivals through the 90-minute vigil, said police spokesman Detective Ricky Ross.

Jori had cerebral palsy, heart problems, and limited speech. He was killed Aug. 14 and a passerby saw his head in the yard.

His father, 30-year-old Jeremiah Wright, is being held on $5 million bond, booked with first-degree murder. A grand jury will decide whether to charge Wright, and what charge should be brought.

Jori was killed after his mother, Jesslyn Lirette, told Wright, her longtime boyfriend, that she was kicking him out of their Thibodaux home, according to a sworn police statement. Police say Wright confessed to killing the second grader. He indicated he was tired of taking care of the wheelchair-bound boy.

Visitation for Jori will be Monday at Thibodaux Funeral Home and Tuesday morning at St. Genevieve Catholic Church, where his funeral is set for 11 a.m.

A makeshift memorial that started with one candle and one stuffed animal extends 5 feet beyond each side of the small house where Jori lived with Wright and Lirette. It includes teddy bears, toys, balloons, flowers, and cherry lollipops and bottles of root beer _ treats that Lirette said her son particularly enjoyed.