THIBODAUX—The quiet city of Thibodaux has been rocked by the brutal murder of 7-year-old Jori Lirette. His father faces first-degree murder charges and possibly the death penalty. WGNO's Vanessa Bolano was among the crowd at the child's funeral.
Bikers revved their engines as the casket of 7-year-old Jori Lirette was hauled away. It's a sound that brought joy to the boy who police say was beheaded and dismembered last Sunday at the hands of his father. This morning family and friends packed St. Genevieve Catholic Church and said their final goodbyes while fighting to hold back tears, and instead cling to memories.
Jori's grandfather Gale Lirette remembered, "He likes bright colors; anything that shined amazed him."
Police say Jori's father, Jeremiah Wright, confessed to killing his disabled son, saying he placed the boy's head over the kitchen sink, cut it off, and left it outside for his mother to find. It was a horrendous crime scene affecting all involved.
"I have a 5-year-old son with special needs and the day I went out there it was always in the back of your mind," says Thibodaux Police Chief Scott Silverii.
Inside the church ceramic hearts were handed out. The hearts are symbols of Jori's love for everyone, and now for everyone to carry.
"Stuff like that just don't happen around here, not in a little town because everybody knows everybody," says Dale Lirette.
Brittany Lirette, Jori's Godmother says, "You think about it and it makes you mad. You think about it and it makes you sad, and it makes you cry, and emotions are going here, there, everywhere, and you're just at a loss for words."
Besides two short lived restraining orders years ago police say Wright has a clean record, but now may face the death penalty; it's a decision the DA has yet to make.
Jeremiah Wright is being held on $5-Million bond.