CORNELIUS, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Jace Thompson, a courageous boy from Cornelius known affectionately as "Warrior Jace," passed away Friday after battling a rare and aggressive brain tumor.
"Eric, Blake and I are devastated, but our baby boy went peacefully at home with us holding him and we are thankful for that," Jace's mother, Jennifer, wrote on Warrior Jace's Facebook page. "I have no doubt, Jace Kinley ran and jumped up into the arms of Jesus and Jesus squeezed him tight. I can hear Jesus saying, warrior, wow, you are loved!!"
Five-year-old Jace began another round of intense radiation this August in an attempt to kill his brain tumor. It wasn't his first time undergoing radiation treatment.
The little boy entered radiation treatment earlier this year in January 2018
His parents, Captain Jennifer Thompson and NC State Highway Patrol Sergeant Eric Thompson, have been with their son every step of the way during countless trips to the hospital.
"He’s the bravest and most courageous baby boy I’ve ever known and I am forever changed because of him. The rest of my life will be spent showing others and telling others of Jace’s story."
Thousands of people became invested in Jace's story through social media updates made on the Warrior Jace Facebook page.
Many people offered their condolences to the grieving family.
"Prayers for you and your family. I am deeply sorry for your loss," one person wrote.
"I'm so sorry for your loss! Praying that the love and peace of God envelops your family," said another.
A candlelight vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in front of the Cornelius Police Department.