St. Landry

Aug 18, 2013 11:30 PM by Alex Labat

Vigil Held for Opelousas Teenager Shot Friday Evening

Jaylin Levier had a lot to look forward to before the tragic events of Friday evening.
He was working with a non-profit organization in Opelousas to help him improve his school work, faith, and (in Jaylin's own words)neighborhood outreach.
"Pop was the most happiest kid, always smiling and laughing and cracking jokes and making everyone around him laugh and feel loved", says Jaylin's mother Keisha Levier.
Saturday evening's vigil wasn't to mourn his passing, but to celebrate his life and love for others, and activities.
"He loved sports. Basketball, football, baseball, anything you could give him he could do just about anything", says Levier.
She, along with his family, has decided to donate his organs, to share Jaylin with others, both literally and figuratively.
Levier hopes other teenagers who hear Jaylin's story might think twice before making a rash decision, one they may never be able to take back.
"I got up for work Friday morning, Jaylin was asleep. I never got the chance to say "Good morning, Jay", or "Have a good day". Things happen so fast, it's not worth it. Grab your mom or your dad and tell them you love them. Whatever issues y'all have, talk about it and resolve it. It's not worth it", says Levier.

The body has been released to Williams Funeral Home in Opelousas.
Funeral arrangements are still pending.


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