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Desir had ‘kindest heart’

Friends and family of Alexandra Noelle (Alex) Desir, a Gordon student from Locust Grove who was killed in a hit-andrun accident June 29 on Rose Avenue, say she was known as someone hard-working, headed for success, with a sweet personality. Jeanne Stanley, district manager at the Huddle House where Alex worked part-time, said she was ‘a good worker, juggling school and work … she had been with us about six weeks and was very nice.’ Huddle House customers including William Parker described her as ‘sweet and competent.’ A 2011 graduate of Luella High School in Henry County, Alex was studying in the nursing program at GSC. She was walking from her dorm at Gordon State College to her late-night Huddle House shift when she was struck down. Arrests have been made in the case (see separate story). Last Tuesday the Gordon State college counseling center offered students, faculty and staff an opportunity to ‘come together to grieve and share feelings’ about Alex, said Laura Bowen of GSC. A remembrance book is being signed by people at Gordon and will be presented to the family later, she said. ’Most of the students (at the remembrance session) wrote notes to the family offering them prayers and hopes that God will bring them comfort and peace during their time of loss,’ Bowen added. According to Alex’s older brother Jordan Desir, ‘She would have made a great nurse, because she loved people.’ Jordan said her two favorite things to do were reading and cooking. Older sister Gabrielle Desir said, ‘We loved to read and would read the same books.’ She said Alex had recently become a vegan and cooked many vegan meals for the folks. Gabrielle added Alex wanted ‘to be a nurse, like my mom.’ Alex’s mother, Simone Desir, said she wanted everyone to know this about her daughter: ‘She had the kindest heart.’ (From interviews and news reports.)

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