A mother’s heart is broken over the loss of her son in a car accident Tuesday night.
Tyler Cooke, 16, was a student at Biloxi High School.
His mother, Crystal Cooke, shared with the Sun Herald a photo of Tyler on the water, wearing lime green glasses with a smile on his face.
“This is Tyler: fun, full of life,” she wrote in an accompanying message. “Never met a stranger. Big heart. The funniest person I know. He was a light that shone in darkness.
“Words can not express the loss we have endured.”
Family, friends and community members prayed for Tyler as he underwent surgery after the accident, but doctors could not save him.
After his death, his mother posted a picture on her Facebook page of her kissing him on the cheek.
She wrote: “My heart. . . . I love and miss you beyond belief.
“There are no words to describe the way I feel tonight. The thought of you not walking through my door ever again, you not giving me that big hug and picking me up off the floor, the way you would make me laugh, the long talks we'd have about life, the way you would pick on me for being short cuz you were growing like weed.
“That smile, that laugh. . . . my heart, gone.”