Funeral services scheduled for Jayla Gray

Alcorn State University sophomore Jayla Alexanderia Gray will be laid to rest during her homegoing service this weekend.

The Celebration of Life services for Gray will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, located on 1000 W Ridgeway St. in Jackson, Mississippi. Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 9 at the Jackson Memorial Funeral Services, located on 922 Woodrow Wilson Ave, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Gray will be laid to rest at Garden Memorial Park on 8001 Highway 49 in Jackson.

Gray is remembered fondly by those who knew her as a genuine spirit who was always ready to lend a helping hand. Daniel Stallworth, a student at Alcorn and one of Gray's friends, remembers her as someone who would brighten his day when he was in a bad mood.

"She was my friend," said Stallworth. "I could tell her anything. She always knew how to make me laugh and smile through any situation. I admired our friendship."

Interim President, Dr. Donzell Lee offered his condolences to Gray's loved ones on behalf of the university.

"Jayla’s passing has touched so many because of her fun-loving and vibrant spirit," said Lee. "She was an incredibly smart and caring individual who captured the hearts of everyone who knew her. Alcorn thanks the Gray family for sharing Jayla with us and will keep them and her friends in our prayers."

The university is offering and will continue to provide counseling and support services to the Alcorn community throughout their time of need.