Family, classmates remember 10-year-old killed in accidental shooting

Community Remembers 10 Year Old Alfreddie Gipson

(WMC-TV) – A Mid-South community came together Friday night to remember the 10-year-old killed in an accidental shooting Christmas Day.

It started with a moment of silence, and ended in song and prayer.

"It meant a lot to us tonight to see everyone come out to support us," his great-aunt said.

Around 200 candles were lit for Alfreddie Gipson on Friday after the 10-year-old was accidentally shot by his brother on Christmas Day.

Memphis Police said the shooting was an accident and do not expect charges to be filed.

All Gipson's classmates know is that they miss their friend.

"I love him and I wish he would still be in the world," Martavious Webster said.

"I'm feeling alright," Jaylen Frazier said. "I kinda miss him, though. He was just a good friend to me."

His great-aunt says the family is overwhelmed by the community's support. It's been particularly hard on Alfreddie's brother and his mom.

"She's trying to stay strong for the other children," she said.

The community helped organize the vigil at Brinkley Heights Baptist Church, where Alfreddie was not only a student, but a teacher. His church family told tales of Alfreddie's love for God that he shared with everyone.

"He's the one that's always talking about the Lord, so I had a great relationship with him as well. I've loved him ever since he's been in the world," his great-aunt said.

"He was a good friend to me," Frazier said. "We always used to have fun and have a good time, Alfreddie he was a good friend."

Alfreddie Gipson will be laid to rest next week.

Donations to help Alfreddie Gipson's family are being collected at First Tennessee Bank.

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