Balloons Released in Memory of Jackson County Boy

Balloons Released in Memory of Jackson County Boy

MARIANNA, Fla. - The early childhood center in Marianna held a special memorial service for a former student who passed away from an incident at his new school in Pensacola.

On September 23rd, a Jackson County family lost a son, grandson, brother, and nephew after an incident at his new school in Pensecola.

Four-year-old, Audi Anderson reportedly choked on a meatball during lunch at Sherwood Elementary School on September 19th.

Audi was put on a ventilator, but died a few days later. 

"He was a super fun kid. Anything fun he wanted to do it. He wanted to go fast, he wanted to go sky high. He loved airplanes and cars. He wanted to go to the racetracks, he was just all around fun and energetic and loving and just sweet as could be," said Audi's mother, Lindsay Hall. 

Audi's former teachers from the Early Childhood Center and other Jackson County School Board members released balloons in honor of him, Monday afternoon.

They said they are grateful for the time that they shared with him.

"Everybody loved him, I think everybody at this school knew who he was just because of the personality that he did have," said Audi's former teacher, Kris Sampson. 

Since the incident occurred, Audi's mother has not been back to work.

She has two other children to take care of and just recently moved from Marianna to Pensecola. 

Sampson said they want to raise awareness of the financial burden that this has placed on Audi's family, and that a Go Fund me account has been set up to help them out.

"This is a way that our community can still help support them even though they live in pensecola," said Sampson.

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