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Former teacher pays respects to Omarion

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Making the drive from Flint to Pontiac to pay her last respects, Megan James-Hoffman is a substitute teacher at Elmer Knopf Learning Center.  That’s where 9 year-old Omarion Humphrey attended classes.

"I thought he was a pretty cool kid," James-Hoffman said.

James-Hoffman said she will sorely miss the little boy she’d occasionally see around school.

Omarion went missing on July 4 at Lake Callis Park in Genessee County’s Davison Township, only to be found nearly a week later, likely drowned in the water.

"He'd come up and take me by the hand,” James-Hoffman said. “And, sometimes he'd hug me, and try to get me to take him out."

As mourners share their grief, a probe into how he disappeared in the first place continues. He was under the supervision of a foster family when he disappeared, leading to an extensive 10-mile search.

The Genesee County Prosecutor's Office has met with Davison Township Police, but so far no charges have been announced in this case.

While that continues, the state will also look into the foster family and the agency who placed him.

In the meantime, Omarion's grieving biological parents will return to an Oakland County courtroom on Thursday to try to regain custody of their other children placed into foster care.

As for James-Hoffman, she feels for the family during this tragic time.

"Nobody should bury their child,” Hoffman said. “Children are so precious. He could have been anything, because he was 9."

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