Longview News-Journal | Gary Edwards, The Monitor
Burrell was killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking along the shoulder of U.S. Highway 69 near his home north of Mineola in October.
Monday would have been his 16th birthday and his mother, Jamie Johnson, organized the event for two purposes.
She wanted, she said, “to celebrate his birthday” and to raise awareness for the need of organ donors. “Hopefully by the end of the night,” Johnson said, “you’ll sign up to become a donor.”
During the evening she provided the gathering with facts about donors and the need and a steady flow of individuals made their way to two computers at the back of the room where they could enter their names as donors.