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Candelight vigil held in memory of Leverett Elementary School student

Candelight vigil held in memory of Leverett Elementary School student
Published: Mar. 4, 2022 at 8:07 PM EST
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LEVERETT, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) -A candlelight vigil was held outside Leverett Elementary School on Friday in memory of 12-year old Zedekiyahu “Justice” Mekuria Miller.

His mom, Swan, shared photos with Western Mass News. She described Justice as a good listener, a good debater, and a mediator.

The 12-year-old was on vacation in Puerto Rico with the family of his soccer coach Keith Payne late last month when an unimaginable tragedy unfolded.

Justice was near Condado Beach, with his 11-year-old friend, the coach’s son, when a wave knocked the boys into the water. The 11-year-old got out safely, but Justice did not. His body was not found until two days later.

His mom said officials are now putting put a lifeguard post in that area.

She told Western Mass News in-part quote: “We want justice to be remembered in the spirit of his name, to inspire people to work for social justice from the heart.”

She goes on to say…”Justice was a bridge-builder. He was an excellent communicator about things that mattered. He was the most joyful person I have ever known. I don’t want to use the past tense. His essence is still with us. We have work to do with his spirit and in his name.”

there are currently plans to build a social justice library in his name at the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett.

A Gofundme page has been created in honor of Justice. The funds to be used for projects he would have loved.