(WMC-TV) – A vigil will be held Friday evening for the 10-year-old boy killed in a tragic shooting on Christmas Day.
Investigators say Alfreddie Gipson and his 12-year old brother were handling a gun when it accidentally went off.
Family members, friends, and classmates will join together to pray for everyone connected to the tragedy.
"He was only 10 years old but you know he was one of those 10 year olds going on 20," said Alfreddie's pastor, Tim Cox.
Pastor Tim Cox says he has known Alfreddie's family since the child began attending Brinkley Heights Baptist Church School.
Pastor Cox says Alfreddie's death has been hard on the Gipson family.
"They are hurting terribly and just the whole situation is such a terrible tragedy and such a terrible accident that occurred," said Cox. "One those unthinkable things that happened. But they are standing strong, the community is supporting them, people all over the country are praying."
Pastor Cox says Friday's vigil will honor Alfreddie and the people he touched during his short life.
"And I think it will be very symbolic to show you know the power of his life and the number of people that this little fellow touched," said Cox.
Pastor Cox says people from around the country have contacted his church offering prayers for the family, especially for the 12-year old brother who was handling the gun when it accidentally went off.
Cox says while family members are not quite ready to talk about what happened, they asked him to convey a message of gratitude to the community.
"And they said that they just wanted to send out a message to everyone who has shown compassion and support and prayers. They just wanted to let everybody know how much they appreciated the community outpouring of love during this tragic time in their life," explained Cox.
Alfreddie Gipson's vigil gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 2 at Brinkley Heights Baptist Church's Family Life Center at 3275 Rosamond Street.
Gipson's wake is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday January 4. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday, January 5 at 10 a.m. Both are also at the church.
Donations to help Alfreddie Gipson's family are being collected at First Tennessee Bank.