Aug. 30th, 2014
Three weeks ago, Antonio Maurice Smith, Jr., was just another kid enjoying summer with his family at the annual Bud Billiken Parade.
Described as energetic and smart, the 9-year-old Antonio loved to smile, entertain and dance to Michael Jackson songs.
Funeral for Antonio Smith
Nine-year-old shooting victim Antonio Smith is laid to rest. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune)
But on Saturday, Antonio lay still in a small white casket, surrounded by bouquets of white, yellow and orange flowers, at a church where he was baptized and sang in choir. His framed Washington Park Pee Wee football No. 84 jersey stood to the left.
“We should not be here,” said the Rev. John Hannah during the funeral at the the Evening Star Missionary Baptist Church, 2050 W. 59th St. in West Englewood. “How many more people have to be sacrificed before we stand up and say enough is enough?”
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