Posted: Aug 23, 2011 4:14 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Aug 23, 2011 4:14 PM
THIBODAUX - Hundreds gathered at St. Genevieve Church in Thibodaux to say their final goodbyes to Jori Lirette Tuesday morning.
Lirette's father, Jeremiah, remains in jail. Detectives said he admitted to killing Jori last week, then decapitating him. Police say Wright was tired of taking care of Jori, a seven-year-old special needs child.
Jori's mother, Jessilyn Lirette, choked through tears as she read a letter to her son at his funeral.
"I could have had more time with you," Jessilyn cried, as she compared her son to an angel, then promised to fight for justice.
"This'll give us closure that he'll be able to rest in peace, but I don't think we're gonna have closure until we know why," Jori's step-grandmother told News 2.
Many at Jori's funeral remembered him by his smile.
"He would laugh and laugh and laugh," Lirette said.
"That's what he liked. He loved to laugh," Jori's grandfather, Dale Lirette said.
Lirette was buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Thibodaux, next to his grandmother and great-grandparents.