A community is still mourning over the loss of a local hero. That hero recently touched the lives of young people earlier this week.
Students at the Contentnea-Savannah Elementary School wrote letters and prayers Wednesday morning after hearing a recent visitor passed away.
Lenoir County Deputy Allen Pearson visited his childhood elementary school for career day Monday morning just hours before he was shot in the line of duty Tuesday night. He died at the hospital early Wednesday morning.
Pearson spent nearly four hours with third, fourth, and fifth grade students about being on the force at Lenoir County Sheriff's Office. One teacher says she knew Pearson personally. She says Pearson's impact on the children will last for a long time.
The prayers and letters written by the students will be sent to the Pearson family.