My nephew C. J. was 17-years old in the 12th grade. At his funeral were more than 200 plus kids, teachers, principals, school counselors and 20 ministers. The pastor who preached the funeral asked the ministers/pastors/clergy to stand up. He wanted the students to gather in groups to receive a special prayer of protection. The students expressed their condolences and their pain. So many went up for the three minutes of expressions that they had to stop it. While the teens talked, they asked the adults in the audience to stop talking and do what they say they are going to do. One teen said that you all say you want to help us but you don't because you prejudge us. He requested that we should not judge the book by the cover but what is in the hearts. Another teen said that just because they wear ear rings, talk crazy sometimes, that they are still good people. Teen after teen stated that they were hurting and that they are living in tough times and that none of the adults could really understand what their lives were like. The adults listened. The ministers passed out their phone numbers and asked the teens to call them anytime morning, noon or night and they would respond.
Before we arrived in town there was still an all points bulletin out for the two men who killed our nephew, one 27 and the other 19. They were armed and dangerous and last seen driving away in a green Monte Carlo. By the time we entered the city limits they were arrested. They were hiding in someones' house.
We heard that my husband's nephew got into a fair fist fight and the brothers and friends of the other guy returned and shot him 7 times. We will not know what really happened until the trial based on the policemen information. They did not want to disclose anything that could damage their case as we were told by another relative. It was a senseless killing! Thanks for your kind words and prayers.
On a good note: I did receive some good news when we returned. I received my first grant for my federally approved non-profit organization. I'm excited about this. God is so good!