Katie Moore / Eyewitness News
THIBODAUX, La. -- The mother of a 7-year-old boy whose dismembered body was found outside of her home tearfully recalled the joy she said he brought to her life.
Her remarks come a day after police arrested a man, now identified as the boy's father, for killing him.
Thibodaux police say the boy’s father and their chief suspect has no history of mental illness. In his confession he gave no explanation for why he killed his son, leaving his dismembered body on the side of the road.
Through tears Jesslyn Lirette remembered her son, a 7-year-old defenseless boy with cerebral palsy confined to a wheelchair known for his smile.
“He was my star,” she said.
A makeshift memorial now sits near where Jori Lirette’s dismembered body was found Sunday.
His father, 30-year-old Jeremiah Wright, was standing on the porch when police arrived. They say Wright told them the boy’s head was that of a CPR dummy.
“He was stoic. Emotionless. Non-confrontational,” said Thibodaux Police Chief Scott Silverii.
At times Thibodaux’s police chief choked back tears when talking about the horrific murder.
“The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head,” Silverii said. “He had extensive bleeding to the right side of his brain, decapitation and dismemberment.”
Investigators say they believe Wright killed Lirette in the kitchen. They seized several unspecified tools and the kitchen sink to test for blood and other evidence.
“I believe he had made an attempt to clean up the crime scene,” Silverii said.
Jori Lirette was a boy who couldn’t communicate with words. He often needed a feeding tube to eat.
“No matter what people think or say, he was always top priority in my life,” said Jesslyn Lirette. “I done everything for him.” Now that little boy with the big smile is gone, with no explanation for why his own father took his life.
“Now you’re in heaven as an angel,” Jesslyn Lirette said. “You’re a beautiful star and you will always shine bright inside my heart.”
Wright had his first appearance in district court Monday afternoon through video conference.
The police chief said he didn’t know whether the district attorney would seek the death penalty in the case, but that Wright was entitled to due process.
The community is still shocked and saddened by what happened to the boy.