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Family mourns 6-year-old hit by car in Cairo while leaving bus stop

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 16:51:00-05

CAIRO, Ga. (WTXL) — Heavy hearts in Cairo after a family is left to bury their 6-year-old.

Police say Jayden Richardson was hit by a car, walking home from the bus stop Monday morning.

Cairo Police say it happened near Martin Luther King Junior Avenue and Legion Boulevard Southwest around 7:30 a.m. ABC 27 talked to his family.

Jayden Richardson was by the American Legion building when he missed his bus. Police say when he turned around to head back, he was hit by a car.

"I'm still in disbelief because it's hard to deal with... especially when you lose a loved one, you know," said Natalie Richardson.

Natalie Richardson says her 6-year-old grandson Jayden Richardson was a lot of things.

"A grown up in a small body, you know," Richardson explained.

An alarm clock.

"I could always count on him to come in... 'Granny, you've got to go to work. It's time to go to work,'" she said.

A worrier.

"Boy, if I would leave he would ask me, 'Granny what's taking you so long? You've been gone a long time.' He would worry and stay up if I was going to work," Richardson said. "He would ask me, 'Granny, are you going to work? Aww, man I wish you didn't have to go to work.'"

And now, a gaping hole in her heart after a driver hit him while he was walking back home after missing the school bus Monday morning.

"It's going to be a big loss. Definitely that," Richardson said. "I'm going to miss my grandbaby."

"We consider all of our students family here in Grady County, and we're very sad that we've lost a member of our family," said Kermit Gilliard, the superintendent of Grady County Schools.

Grady County School Superintendent Kermit Gilliard says the school will provide counselors for teachers and students to help them deal with the loss of someone so special.

"He has so many loved ones and friends that are going to miss him," said Richardson.

An incident report released by the Cairo Police Department Tuesday said that Jayden walked out in front of a car before he was hit.

Witnesses also told investigators that they told the 6-year-old to stop when they saw a car coming, but it was too late.

No one will be charged in his death.