Hundreds remember Oak Ridge boy at vigil

Hundreds remember Oak Ridge boy at vigil

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"Curls, smiles, oh, and I'm going to miss him coming in and saying 'hey non, non' and I call him my Bray Bray. That's our silly little baby talk," said Shari Quindry, Brayden's grandmother. "Curls, smiles, oh, and I'm going to miss him coming in and saying 'hey non, non' and I call him my Bray Bray. That's our silly little baby talk," said Shari Quindry, Brayden's grandmother.
Friends, family and people in the Oak Ridge community gathered to remember Brayden Pearson. Friends, family and people in the Oak Ridge community gathered to remember Brayden Pearson.
"Brayden Pearson Our Hero #14" (source: Family friend) "Brayden Pearson Our Hero #14" (source: Family friend)
"Being in the same class, playing basketball, all the stuff. Still doing the same stuff that we always do," said Jeremiah Holman, Brayden's best friend. "Being in the same class, playing basketball, all the stuff. Still doing the same stuff that we always do," said Jeremiah Holman, Brayden's best friend.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


OAK RIDGE (WATE) -  Friends, family, and people in the Oak Ridge community are remembering an 8-year-old boy. Earlier this week, 6 News reported that Brayden Pearson drowned in a lake. His parents are now donating his organs to other children in need. 

Previous Story: 8-year-old boy dies after drowning in Oak Ridge lake

At a vigil in Oak Ridge, hundreds of people came to the Boys and Girls Club to remember Brayden. His family tells 6 News they're overwhelmed by the community's support and say they had no idea Brayden touched so many lives. 

"Curls, smiles, oh, and I'm going to miss him coming in and saying 'hey non, non' and I call him my Bray Bray. That's our silly little baby talk," said Shari Quindry, Brayden's grandmother.

That's just one of many memories Brayden Pearson's grandmother or as he calls her "Nonny" will miss about the 8-year-old. Family members and those close to Brayden took up a good portion of a baseball field in front of the Boys and Girls Club Friday to remember him.

They say a vigil on the field is fitting for a boy who loved baseball. 

Both adults and children wrote messages in honor of Brayden who made an impact on their lives. His grandmother and the rest of the family say they can't thank the community enough, but are having a tough time coping with his loss. 

"Comes and goes, you know, it's kind of like one minute we're laughing at something silly that we see and then we're just like all to pieces. We try to hold each other up," said Quindry. 

The rising fourth grader had many friends at his school, Woodland Elementary. They say they were looking forward to being classmates and teammates with Brayden. 

"Being in the same class, playing basketball, all the stuff. Still doing the same stuff that we always do," said Jeremiah Holman, Brayden's best friend.  

As everyone pitched in to sing Amazing Grace, they blew bubbles as their way to commemorate Brayden's life. 

"See when we have a baby in our family, we all have that baby. We all had that baby and Nonny wants to take him home, but we'll see him again sometime," said Quindry. 

This Sunday, a funeral service is scheduled for Brayden. Following that, there will be a motorcycle escort because family members say Brayden always wanted to ride one. 

Previous Story: Funeral arrangements set for 8-year-old drowning victim

Brayden's family is asking for donations to help pay for medical expenses. If you would like to help Brayden's family, a fund has been set up in his name. You can find that information here. You can also donate directly to East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Brayden's name.

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