Community mourns slain mother, prays for children left behind

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Hearts were heavy and tears flowed at Birmingham’s First United Methodist Church Thursday evening.

Dozens gathered to pray for the Norris family, who attended First United Methodist.

Sedrick Norris is charged with capital murder and four counts of attempted murder, after police say he shot four of his children and their mother, Coral Wilson.

The children are expected to survive, but their mother died.

Wilson leaves behind eight children.

“They’re wonderful kids,” said Felicia Morgan, Wilson’s best friend. “They have personalities out of this world.”

Morgan described Wilson as an incredible mother.

“Her kids were the only reason she lived,” Morgan said. “She loved her kids. If the school called her at 12 and they needed her to be there by 1:30, she would be there by 12:45 with whatever they needed.”

Keith Thompson, a pastor at First United Methodist, said the church has received many calls from members offering to care for the Norris children.

“We find ourselves grieving a great deal, stunned and worried about her kids,” Thompson said. “Because these are our kids. They’re not just kids in the neighborhood.”

Birmingham Mayor William Bell attended the prayer service with Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls. Several advocates for victims of domestic violence were also there to offer resources and support.

Copyright 2016 WIAT 42 News

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