Friend honored through community service event

Friends and family give back to the community as way to remember car crash victim

Party at the Park for Jayla Gray.

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Sunday, friends and family remembered an Alcorn student who was tragically killed in a car crash back in November.

Car crash victim Jayla Gray was honored today by friends and family.
Car crash victim Jayla Gray was honored today by friends and family. (Kiara Johnson)

19-year-old Jayla Gray was killed in a car crash on her way back to campus following a Halloween party. All of her friends came out not only celebrate who she was, but more importantly what her message was. Instead of doing this with words, like Jayla Gray herself, they chose action.

“Jayla was truly an angel in earth and we wanted to honor her life in every aspect.”

“We felt like Jayla was the angel in our group of friends," two of Jayla’s friends said at an event they helped organize at Amite Park today.

Many people said the same three things about Gray. She was an angel, she never met a stranger

“She’ll love to get down with people no matter how old or young,” her little sister added.

“Giving away clothes... her thing was. I never want to sell them. I always want to give them to a needy family,” said Sabrina Gray, Jayla’s mother, with a smile.

At the age of 13, she said, Jayla started volunteering at the Mississippi Children’s Museum.

“Let’s not have a garage sale, let’s give it to a family who needs it,” she continued.

Her service to the community continued into her days as a sophomore at Alcorn State University where she had majored in Education.

"She's doing a community service there, I'm going to cleanup the streets, I'm doing this. She loved to give."

Which is why today's event had Jayla written all over it.

Kiara Johnson met Jayla in the 7th grade.

“We wanted to honor her by serving others. Umm woman’s clothes, male clothing,” said Johnson.

Using money raised through word of mouth, warm clothing, food and other essentials were bought and donated to those in need.

“Community service. That’s something Jayla loved to do. Absolutely loved loved to do, her mother said.

She also loved to sing.

“She was on concert choir at Alcorn, gospel choir and she just found out she made chamber choir,” she said.

With each blessing bag handed out and every note sung Jayla Gray continues to give.. to those who know her and to those that don’t, making her an angel on earth and in heaven.

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