Memorial football game held for young shooting victim in Cosby

Badges honoring shooting victim Jayden Norton in Cosby during memorial football game.

COSBY (WATE) – People from all over East Tennessee gathered in Cosby Saturday morning for a memorial football game in honor of seven-year-old shooting victim Jayden Norton.

Norton was shot and killed early Thursday morning according to the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department.

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Norton was a second grader at Parrotsville Elementary and played football for the community’s recreational team.

Saturday’s little league game between Sevierville and Cosby was played in honor of Norton, with funds being raised to help his family.

“Jayden loved football,” said Patricia Southerland, a friend of Jayden Norton’s mother.

“On behalf of the Cosby community that’s what everyone thought we could do…to where it would go to his family.”

At the end of the day, the game was not about who won or lost, but about easing the pain and burden of the Norton family.

“It really broke my heart when I found out about what happened,” said Southerland. “Just the look on her face. It really like killed me. I’ve had many friends pass and then when you have a friend with their child, that really takes a toll on somebody.”

Norton’s grandmother was at the game and wanted to thank the surrounding communities for their support.

“We have an angel now in heaven and he is rejoicing,” she said. “We thank God for everything that has been done for us.”

The investigation into Norton’s case has not yet produced any arrests.

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