Vigil held for 14-year-old boy killed while waiting for school bus

Family and friends gathered Sunday to honor a 14-year-old northwest Atlanta boy killed while waiting for his school bus.

Jermaine Wallace Jr. was crossing Donald Lee Holloway Parkway on Friday morning when he was hit by a passing Chevrolet Camaro. He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

Jermaine Wallace Jr.
Photo: GoFundMe

JJ was a self-proclaimed “mama’s boy,” his mother, Dorothy Parker, told Channel 2 Action News. 

She addressed a crowd of mourners at the crash scene Sunday night. Some held red and black balloons and others lit candles in the 14-year-old’s memory.

Parker smiled when she remembered her last conversation with her son, the news station reported.

“He came and hugged me and said, 'Mama, you OK?'" she told the crowd. "I said, 'Yeah, I'm OK.' He said, 'All right then. I'm going to be right across the street if you need me.'" 

After the accident, the driver of the Camaro stayed on scene to speak with investigators. Atlanta police have not identified the driver or said if she will be charged. 

Atlanta police blocked lanes of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway in northwest Atlanta early Friday morning after a car hit a 14-year-old boy.
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

“There are a lot of children out here, obviously, waiting for the bus, so people just need to be careful driving down through here and slow down,” police Capt. Rodney Woody told AJC.com from the accident scene.

Parker said she is hoping for an arrest.

Wallace's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses. Arrangements have not been announced.

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