‘I shall not ever be out after dark:’ student pens emotional letter following shooting death of 10-year-old

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jadon Knox was gunned down Sunday evening while playing outside a home in Orange Mound.

Many of these children experienced the trauma first hand.

A lot of the students who attend school at Hanley Elementary where the 10 year old was a 4th grader told their counselor they were there when Jadon was shot.

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A guidance counselor said they assisted 20 to 30 students earlier this week. They expect those numbers to increase.

Students are spending the week writing letters to remember their classmate Jadon Knox.

The 10-year-old was gunned down in a drive-by shooting along Josephine Street in Orange Mound Sunday.

A friend said they were sitting on the front porch when someone pulled in front of the house and started shooting.

“The questions that they’re having is why did it happen? And then they’ll ask how do people do things like this? He’s just so young,” said Lanora Eubanks, the guidance counselor.

Eubanks is helping students cope with the loss of their classmate by encouraging friends to write down how they feel.

One student wrote, “Moving forward I shall not ever be out after dark. I will go in at the time it starts to get dark. I hope that others will do the same."

“The best way that I try to help them is to identify what those emotions and those feelings are and express to them that feeling sad and feeling angry and all these other emotions that you’re going to have is going to be part of just kind of the grieving process.”

Counselors encourage parents to seek additional outside counseling if they notice changes in their child’s behavior.

The letters to Jadon are reminders of how much students looked up to their classmate.

"He was just a joy to be around. I think his nickname was 'Kool-Aid Smile,' because whenever you would see him, he always had a smile on his face."

A funeral for Jadon is scheduled for next Saturday, February 1st, at New Life Missionary Baptist Church at 11 a.m.

We're told the family is having a tough time paying for the funeral.

The school is accepting donations. They also asked children to wear baby blue ribbons as a symbol of peace.

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