CHICAGO (CBS) — Mourners on Chicago’s South Facet wiped away tears Saturday on the funeral for the 16-year-old shot and killed in Millennium Park as metropolis leaders seek for methods to forestall extra mindless gun violence.
As individuals shuffled into the providers, they stated they went to recollect a younger man with massive desires whose life ended too quickly. However additionally they went to share a message becuase they don’t wish to attend one other teenager’s funeral.
Seandell Holliday’s family and friends celebrated his life with not simply reminiscences but additionally melodies. It’s becoming as Holliday was a drummer who hoped to sooner or later launch his personal document label.
“He simply cherished his siblings,” one funderal attendee stated.
“Seandell was decided to do something he put his thoughts to,” stated one other.
“He simply wished to be a child, and I simply, I am sorry. Condolences to the household,” one other stated by means of tears.
Holliday by no means bought to meet these desires. The 16-year-old was shot and killed throughout a chaotic collect at Millennium Park two weeks in the past.
“He was at all times a step forward,” stated Vondale Singleton, the top of a youth mentoring group referred to as CHAMPS. Seandell was a part of that group.
“My complete factor is give these sources to boots on the bottom organizations which are critical and honest and constant about doing the work,” Singleton stated.
The Millennium Park taking pictures prompted Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to introduce a 6 p.m. curfew on the park for unaccompanied minors. That curfew, together with safety checkpoints, continues to be in place this Memorial Day weekend — a traditionally violent weekend.
The Chicago Police Division stated it’s also rising patrols across the metropolis to attempt to stop violence.
In the meantime, Holliday’s buddies are urging youngsters throughout the town to affix CHAMPS or different mentoring teams.
“We bought to get extra youngsters in right here, so this would possibly not occur once more. As a result of perhaps they dont really feel protected. Possibly that is why,” stated Demetrius Walker Hill. “They carry a gun, they dont really feel protected, and we have to ensure that everyone in Chicago really feel protected.”
“Get up. Cease taking part in. Get dedicated. Discover your objective. Get busy about it,” stated Singleton.
Singleton stated he asks the children he works with to jot down down an inventory of objectives to succeed in by the point they’re 21. He stated one of many issues Seandell wrote down was that he did not wish to die by 21 — as a result of he was involved concerning the gun violence in Chicago.