PASQUOTANK COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A seven-year-old creates an online tribute to the four prison workers killed during the failed prison break and now it's gone viral.
As many try to come to grips with the loss in their community, one child decided to give others hope through song.
Sunday evening, the video popped up on Facebook showing seven-year-old Able E. Sutton singing, honoring the people who died the day and the weeks after the October 12th failed prison attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution.
"He said, 'who died?' and we told him what happen," explained his mom, Ganelle Sutton.
The family doesn't know the victims, only that they lived in their community. So Abel E. had an idea.
"He looked sad, he was affected by it, so let's do a tribute," Ganelle tells WITN.
Abel E. decided to sing a song from one of his favorite cartoon movies.
"At the end, he started crying, and she and I looked at each other and said, 'where did that come from?'" says his father, Abel C. Sutton.
They uploaded the video and by Thursday, it had been viewed a lot. About 143,000 times to be exact.
After Abel E.'s video went viral, he was at school in Elizabeth City when his mom found out the family of one of the officers that died in that tragedy wanted him to sing at the funeral.
"I asked him, 'Do you want to do it?'" Abel C. says. He hesitated for a minute until I told him he would be out of school that day."
"I said yes because I want get out of school and I wanted to um... and wanted to wanted to be at the funeral to support the family," Abel E. says.
"I don't think there was a dry eye in the place, I believe everyone was crying," the proud father describes.
Listening to the message of the song out of the mouth of a child.
"We continue to try to put in him and instill in him to shine a light and we can overcome evil by doing good and spreading love," Abel C. says.
The inspirational young man turns eight on Saturday. He says he loves to sing all kinds of music, especially in his church.