It has been said and well documented that there are few things in life that compare to the loss of a child, especially a sudden one as a result of senseless violence.
Most parents envision their children laying them to rest when their appointed time on this earth is up, not the other way around.
Recently, another young life was added to a growing list of young, black males whose lives have been lost to gun violence — 14-year-old Orenzo “Noodle” Dye.
Dye’s mother, Lisa Dye, and those who share her plight, struggle not only with the reality of never seeing their sons again, but also not having the individuals responsible brought to justice.
Starting at 7 p.m. Friday on the steps of the Greenville City Hall, the NAACP of Washington County in collaboration with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) will be hosting a Mourning Mother’s March and Candlelight Vigil in Orenzo Dye’s memory.
“We will make a public plea to change legislation on gun laws, ask the city to pay police because they are overworked and ask them to take accountability for the alarming number of unsolved murders in the city,” LOC co-chair Tarsha Parker said. “We will ask for the city gangs to put the guns down.”
Parker said following the public plea on the steps of the City Hall, marchers will proceed to the levee front for the candle light vigil.
“We are inviting other organizations like Mothers of Murdered Son (MOMS) to march with us and light a candle for their lost loved ones,” Parker added.
Lisa Dye said every night when she gets in bed and closes her eyes, she feels like she can hear her son calling out to her for help.
Lisa recalled praying that a burned body found on Amber Road was not her son’s after he’d been missing, but the answer was not the one she was hoping for.
The autopsy report showed that Orenzo was shot several times in the backside of his torso, arms, shoulders and head and buttocks.
After he was shot, his body was burned — so severely that the burns covered 94.5% of his body.
“My heart hurts every day. How could somebody do this?” Lisa previously said. “I want the police to find whoever did this. He didn’t deserve that, no one does.”
Assistant police chief Michael Merchant said the case is still under active investigation and anyone with any information is urged to call the Greenville Police Department at 662-378-1515 or Crimestoppers at 662-378-8477. Information can also be sent utilizing the P3 Tips app.