Community Turns Out to Remember C.J. Wilkerson
Posted May 13, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT
WAKE FOREST — Friends, family, and strangers will say a final goodbye to C.J. Wilkerson Monday as he is laid to rest.
Sunday night, a memorial service was held for the little boy whose disappearance and murder rallied a community together and then broke its heart.
The lines began early as people waited to get inside Feggins & Feggins Funeral Home. Many people listened to the service from outside.
There was not a person here who had not been touched by this tragedy.
"It's hard because you don't know who to trust around your kids," says Earlene Scott who came to pay her respects.
This community memorial brought out people who did not even know the child being mourned. A motorcycle group rode in from Henderson.
"We got together and got a little money together and decided we would bring it up here," says member Thomas Williams.
Since C.J.'s death, new life has been born into his family -- a cousin born to a father and mother who worry what might become of their son.
"It really hurts me to see there are people out there in the world that do stuff like that, go out and kill a kid because he said something to him," says Ricky Shipman.
C.J.'s funeral will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Binkley Chapel at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest.
A burial at Wake Forest Cemetery will follow the service.