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Heroes vs. Villains 5K held in honor of Petal teen who died in 2015

The inaugural "Heroes vs. Villains" 5K run and walk begins Saturday at Camp Shelby. Photo credit WDAM. The inaugural "Heroes vs. Villains" 5K run and walk begins Saturday at Camp Shelby. Photo credit WDAM.
CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

Family and friends of a Forrest County teenager who drowned last year gathered Saturday for a special fundraising event in his honor.

The inaugural Heroes vs. Villains 5K Run and Walk was held in memory of Omar Gonzalez.

He was a 16-year-old Petal High School student who drowned in the Mississippi Sound last May during a trip to Ship Island with a friend.

Money raised will benefit the school's robotics team.  

A comic book costume contest was also held.  

Family members say Omar was a fan of comics.      

"That's what this is all about, not just about raising money for organizations, but helping people remember who he is," said Tamara Abney, Omar's mother. "Because as a parent who has lost a child, that's your greatest fear, that someone is going to forget him, forget his name." 

Abney says more than $3,000 was raised during the event. 

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