PLEASANTVILLE _ Family, friends, and those looking to show support turned to social media as an outlet when they learned of the death of 11-year-old Abiah Jones.
Jones, a student at PlesanTech Academy Charter School, fell from the Ferris wheel on Morey's Mariners Landing during a class trip to Wildwood on Friday.
Many people added comments to online news reports of the death, and more than 6,000 people had signed up to follow a sympathy page created in Jones' memory on the social networking site Facebook by Saturday afternoon.
Atlantic City resident 17-year-old Abdul Mims, who was Jones' cousin, used the page as an avenue to grieve.
"Oh my God I miss my baby cousin," he wrote. "Just seeing this pic(ture) brings tears to my eyes. I love you mama you're loved by everyone you're around. You are my smile. I will always love you."
Many of Jones' friends and classmates left messages and memories on the site. Rolanda Davis, 16, of Absecon said she had been close to Jones since meeting her at PlesanTech.
"I met her in the front office of the school last year when I was in eighth grade," Davis said in an interview Saturday afternoon. "Me and Abiah used to walk home after school sometimes when I went to PlesanTech Academy. She used to tell me a lot, but now she is gone and it is killing me inside."
Davis said she decided to write on the memorial page so she could share the type of kindheartedness that Jones shared with others. She wants people who've never met Jones to understand the kind of person she was.
"R.I.P. I remember when I first met you. You were in the office because someone hit you and I asked you what happened and you made me smile. You were like a sister to me. All I have to say is you were loved by me and more. I will miss you so much. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten," Davis wrote in a tribute to her friend.
Plesantville resident Sioni Farrell, who met Jones six years ago, said she was shocked to hear of Jones' death because the two had just spoken Thursday.
"She was very nice, she got along with everyone, and everybody knew her," Farrell, 14, said Saturday. "Something I will miss about her is her sense of humor and just the person she was."
Farrell left her words of comfort as a comment on the story explaining Jones' death.
"R.I.P. baby girl. We are all going to miss you," she wrote.
Even those who never met Jones or her family took to social media to share kind words and motivational thoughts.
"R.I.P. My prayers go out to you and your family," Atlantic City resident Marchant Jackson posted to the memorial page Saturday evening.
Although Jackson did not know Jones personally, she said she wanted to send her condolences to the family after hearing about the tragedy in the news.
"It was a tragic accident. I have two babies of my own and I can only imagine what her mother and family are going through right now," Jackson said.
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