boy aged 11
Tyler weighed 56 pounds when he died.
"an unnatural death."
Father, Tommy (Jack) Raines, stepmother, Amanda L. Parker Raines, charged with capital murder. Jack and Amanda Raines were each charged with one count of capital murder with an underlying count of felonious child abuse and neglect.
Horn Lake Police Lt. Scott Evans said the Healing Hearts Child Advocacy Center and other child welfare advocates also worked tirelessly in the case.
A woman who identified herself as Tyler Raines' great-aunt said earlier Tuesday, the 11th, that a fund has been set up at BancorpSouth on Airways in Southaven to defray his funeral expenses.
The relative said the family had plans to cremate Tyler's body but soon changed those plans so that the body could be exhumed if needed.
Little boy who liked Superman laid to rest
Justin Tyler Raines, 11 passed away February 6, 2014. The family will receive friends at a catered reception on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 10 am until the time of service at 12 pm at Hernando Funeral Home. Interment will be the same day at 4 pm in First Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Iuka, MS. He is survived by his parents, Tommy Raines and Ashley Durfee; grandparents, Jack Raines, Deborah and Herman Berry and Gary Segerson; sisters, Mykayla Thompson, Lexie Raines, Alyssa Durfee, Trinity Raines, Haley Durfee and Amie Raines; brothers Makinze Thompson, J.T. Raines and Willie Raines and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Tyler's mother Ashley Durfee recalled how he liked Superman.
"I remember when he got a Superman suit for Christmas when he was three," Durfee said in a statement released to media. "He told me he was a super hero who was going to protect me from the goblin. I just said, yes baby, you are a super hero. I remember how he loved Cheetos just like all other little kids. He was a precious gift from God."
Tyler's grandmother Deborah remembered him fondly.
"His grandfather and I were there from the moment he was born," Deborah Berry said. "He was the special grandchild I prayed for. He came here full of life and joy and he was the most loving little guy that ever lived. He was always wanting to know what you were doing and always wanted help. He followed his Pawpaw and Uncle John everywhere they went with a hammer and nails or screwdrivers. He was the most precious little boy and he was a joy to everyone who ever knew him. There is a hole in our lives that will never be filled."
Hernando Funeral Home
By ROBERT LEE LONG
Published: in the Desoto Times
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