Community mourns loss of Opelika toddler killed Saturday

Community mourns loss of Opelika toddler killed Saturday

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - An Opelika family is mourning the tragic loss of a toddler.

On Monday, a mother was surrounded by dozens of friends and family members to remember 3-year-old Ayden Moore at a candlelight vigil.

"I used to come over here and play with him all the time. He was my cousin, he was my favorite cousin," Shamyrin Hughley, Ayden's cousin, said.

Spider man balloons, toy trucks and teddy bears surround the memorial where Ayden was struck and killed by car while playing close to home Saturday, Nov. 22.

Shakita Jones, 31, of Opelika, was the driver of the Dodge Charger.

Authorities say she is recovering at Columbus Regional Medical Center after being injured in a physical altercation.

"I don't understand and I will not understand, but I know he is in a better place," family friend Ashley Henderson said.

The community has come together this Thanksgiving week and says they are relying on a higher power to get them through this heartbreaking time.

"It makes me feel kind of sad, but joyful at the same time because I know he is in a better place," Hughley said.

"I can tell you this year won't be a holiday without him," Henderson said.

No charges have been filed in this case.

Anyone with any information on this incident to please contact the Opelika Police Department Investigative Services Division at 334-705-5220 or the Secret Witness Hotline at 334-745-8665.

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