Cornelius community remembers "Warrior Jace" at vigil

- To family and friends, it’s just not fair. On Friday, 5-year-old Jace Thompson, fondly known as “Warrior Jace,” was taken home.

“You just know he's sitting on Jesus' knee right now,” said family friend, Gene Ervin.

The child with an unwavering spirit was battling a rare and aggressive brain tumor. As he went through treatment, the community rallied behind him, his brother and their parents, Captain Jennifer Thompson and NC State Highway Patrol Sergeant Eric Thompson.

“They put Jennifer in dispatch working with me,” Ervin said, “So I've just come to love that girl and I've followed her all the way through and my heart breaks for her and the family.”

With heavy hearts, people filled the parking lot of the Cornelius Police Department.

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“I've just been blown away by the support of not only my fellow brothers and sisters in blue, but the community I work in, the surrounding community,” Jennifer Thompson said.

Almost as if it were on cue, during a song about the healing of raindrops, it started to pour.

“Blessings come from raindrops and tears,” Thompson said. “We've always said that tears are prayers too and when it started raining I just said to myself, 'I know that's you, Jace.'"

If blessings do come from raindrop and healing comes from tears, tonight was certainly a start.

His mom said when the time is right, she’d like to use Jace’s story to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer, and the particular tumor that affected Jace.

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