TUPELO, Miss. - A community rallies around the family of a 10-year-old boy killed by a falling tree limb. Lane Rodgers was participating in a baseball tournament Saturday when everyone at the park was evacuating due to storms in the area. That's when a large limb fell, hitting him. He later died at the hospital.
The second day of the baseball tournament was cancelled, in honor of Lane. Hundreds of people showed up at the Ballard Park Sportsplex to comfort one another, and help the family, WCBI reports.
Will Turner led a devotional not far from the spot where Rodgers died.
"God makes no mistakes. Some of you can get mad at me, but I'm gonna tell you straight up God... he's still on the throne," Turner said to the crowd.
Turner was at the Sportsplex all day Saturday for the tournament. He encouraged everyone to find ways to help the Rodgers family.
"We're all to just come together as a family and to be able to do what God has called us to do and that's to serve His name and give Him honor and glory so with this family we just want to give them our condolences and be there for them in this time and do anything we possibly can do be of help," said Turner.
Tournament organizers, and Tupelo park and rec officials wanted to give others a chance to help financially. Although the tournament was cancelled, the Sportsplex was opened so parents, ball players, coaches and friends could give money to the Rodgers family, visit a makeshift memorial and pray.
"Main focus here is the family, trying to keep them in our prayers, that's the main focus, but we do appreciate, we have had a large number of attendants this morning," said Michael Gibson, Director of the Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department.
Going forward, Pastor Turner said Christians can play a role in the healing process for the family of Lane Rodgers.
"Those of us who profess Jesus is Lord of our lives, is to be able to reach out to this family, not just for this week, but for the weeks and months ahead and just to be there for them, and to allow them to know they have an ear they can talk to and somebody that loves them," said Turner.