EAST ST. LOUIS – A grieving East St. Louis spouse and children continued to check with for justice Wednesday. Their 14-year-aged son who was an aspiring football player was shot dead at a party previously this month.
Jaylon McKenzie’s teammates, buddies, family and absolutely everyone else in in between, collected for a vigil paying out tribute to No. 6 at the East St. Louis Clyde C. Jordan Stadium.
“He was so good he could constantly perform up with the big boys,” reported McKenzie’s teammate, Tyler Macon who also referred to McKenzie, as his ‘little brother.’
The star athlete had desires of likely to the NFL but those dreams died May well 4th in Venice, Illinois.
Point out law enforcement said that he and a 15-calendar year-old woman had been shot at an following-prom get together. McKenzie died at the hospital.
The investigation proceeds.
With no answers and no justice however, folks closest to McKenzie stay numb by the tragic reality.
“He was a down to earth man,” Macon ongoing, “this never ever should’ve transpired to him. He experienced so a lot expertise, he was for certain going to make it. He had his food ticket out of East St. Louis.”
McKenzie’s father, Otis Gunner spoke with a crowd of mourners telling them that the on-heading violence has to close.
“I’m mad and I’m angry,” explained Gunner, “but I do not want anyone else to come to feel like I truly feel. So we gotta place these guns down, we gotta do the appropriate thing and we gotta go ahead.”
The sorority sisters of Mrs. Gunner have released a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of delivering some ease and comfort to the grieving loved ones and enable them with more costs.