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.