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Mother of 8-year-old killed by car says her son is a hero

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Jahlen Williams, 8, died Wednesday after being hit by a car Monday in Raleigh. Jahlen Williams, 8, died Wednesday after being hit by a car Monday in Raleigh.
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"Jahlen was a fun kid to be around, never a dull moment. He was a lover, a giver, a typical boy," explained 8-year-old Jahlen Williams' mom Keosha Kelly.

She said her son loved sports, loved his family and while his time was short, she said she watched him become a little man.

"He showed me what unconditional love really felt like, he showed me what it was to fight and never give up, and he showed me how to be strong when I didn't feel like being strong," said Kelly.

Jahlen and his mother were crossing Rock Quarry Rd in Raleigh on Monday when he stepped too far into traffic and was hit by an oncoming car.

"I ran to him and I picked him up, and put him on my chest," she recalled. "I carried him and I asked God, 'Please please, please don't take my son.' And for a brief moment, I felt the wind and then his eyes lifted up to the sky and I knew, I knew he was gone."

But even at such a young age, Jahlen is a true superhero.

"He would come and open up his shirt and take my finger draw an 'S' on his chest and dot it and he'd say, 'All right, I'm going to go save the world today,' " Kelly said.

Jahlen will do just that, becoming an organ donor to help other families in need.

Meanwhile, the community is rallying together to help Jahlen’s family. A fund for Williams' funeral was created on gofundme.com. More than $7,700 has been raised, surpassing the $7,000 campaign goal.

"To all my friends, all my family, my church, the officers, the hospital, the nurses who helped my son, and people who don't even know me, you don't have to do it -- but thank you," Kelly said. "Because I didn't know how I was going to do it."

The driver, 29-year-old Dantrail McAllister, was not charged in the incident because he was driving 11 miles under the speed limit when he accidentally hit Jahlen. Kelly said she has forgiven him as well.

"I'm not angry, I'm not mad. I just want to show love because we're both hurting. He's very forgiven," she said.

For now, Kelly holds tight to her final moments with her son.

"The last memory I'm going to keep is when he laid in bed with me that morning and he laid there until I woke up. His face was to my face, and when I opened my eyes he said, 'Good morning, I love you.'

"And I said, 'Good morning, I love you.' "

Three simple words she said can't be said enough.

"To all the mothers: When you see your children in the morning, wake them up and love them," she said. "Tell them you love them, say those words -- I love you."

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