Friends and family are still dealing with the tragic loss of 10-year-old Hailey Owens following her abduction by Craig Wood. Jasmine Cox, Hailey’s best friend from school, has opened up about losing her ‘favorite’ playmate.
Parents in Springfield, Mo. are helping their children cope with the loss of their friend and classmate, Hailey Owens. Shalala Morrell‘s daughter Jasmine Cox, 9, was best friends with Hailey, and now the two are opening up about their devastating loss.
Jasmine Cox — Hailey Owens Was My Best Friend
Residents of Springfield, Mo. are currently mourning the loss of their friend and neighbor, Hailey Owens. The little girl was abducted by Craig Wood, a 45-year-old elementary school employee, while she was walking home from school in the middle of the afternoon. Hailey’s body was found later that night stuffed in a storage bin inside Craig’s home, and he has since been arrested and charged with first degree murder. Now, Hailey’s 9-year-old best friend is speaking out about how she remembers her beloved friend.
“She was my best friend. We’ve been friends since first grade,” Jasmine told a local Fox affiliate in an on-camera interview. “They said that right now that God was gonna be with me. So that’s how I decided that I’m going to be okay.”
How Hailey’s School Is Dealing With The Tragedy
Administrators at Westport Elementary school are now working together to help their students deal with Hailey’s murder. Principal Gary Tew told reporters that he brought in multiple grief counselors to help explain to the children what happened to Hailey.
“We had a counselor in there the whole time. What we did then is we actually generated a letter that was common that we read to every single student. The classroom teacher did it, we didn’t do it over the PA system. We wanted to make it personal,” Gary shared during an interview.
Gary also shared that Hailey had not missed a single day of school up until Feb. 19, the day after her murder, when her parents called to say she would not be in.
— Lauren Cox
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