MOSS POINT, Miss. (WALA) -The City of Moss Point is grieving the loss of a seventh grade student who died Thursday, March 6 following a fight at Magnolia Middle School.
The family of Lorel Malone, 12, gathered with police and school officials to remember the 7th grader who they say “never met a stranger.”
“If you knew him you’d love him,” said Malone’s mother, Lekenisa Nobles. “If you met him, you’re going to meet him again. He wasn’t a bully.”
Malone’s grandmother told FOX10 News he had just recently started attending Magnolia Middle. She said her grandson had told her he was consistently being bullied at the school.
School system officials said they were not aware of any reports of bullying.
The altercation, officials said, happened Thursday afternoon while students were changing classes.
Malone was ultimately flown to USA medical center where he died.
The family has requested an autopsy to see if his death was the direct result of injuries or a medical condition.
The Moss Point Police Department is investigating the case along with the school system. No charges have been filed, and it’s unclear where the other student, who is also in the seventh grade, is.
“Details will not be released. However, the family should feel confident in knowing the police department is reviewing all of the evidence. If there is any information out there, certainly the police department wants to know it,” said Moss Point Police Chief, Keith Davis.