Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
New Orleans, La. -- A heartbreaking accident that gripped the community is bringing people together in unexpected ways.
Shaud Wilson, 6, was killed this past week in a hit and run, while walking to his bus stop in Gentilly. Friends, family and even strangers choose to focus on the good on a day of final goodbyes.
A football, helmet and a pair cleats sat untouched as friends and family gathered to celebrate the life of little 6-year-old Shaud Wilson.
“Shi was a happy person, he loved his football,” said Shaud’s Great Aunt Toni Goeloe. “But he is up there smiling, up there smiling, saying gall they are doing all this for me!”
Instead of focusing on the tragic events that took his life, Shaud's family is celebrating the joy and happiness that filled his life.
Friends and family says they've found their strength in the outpouring support and love they received from the community. Saturday, the Autocrat Club helped by donating their venue for the family's repast.
“Our immediate family is small and now it feels large and we just know everybody out there is for us,” said Goeloe.
Still, a grieving family had to say their final goodbyes to a little boy with a ceremony that moved everyone when his sisters read poems they wrote for him.
“They wrote the speeches themselves, they sat down and wrote them and say what they wanted to say,” said his Great Aunt.
Shaud's family hopes celebrating his life will help heal their broken hearts, but more anything they say their trying to let go of the anger and forgive.
“I had to do some forgiveness for Toledano,” said Shaud’s Grandfather Lloyd Goeloe. “His life as changed forever and hopefully he can become an ambassador to other young people his age that as of yet may not understand the value of life.”
Not only did Shaud's little league football team hold a vigil for Saturday, but the Rock Bottom Lounge on Tchoupitoulas Street is stepping up to hold a benefit to help support the family.