EAST GARFIELD PARK—Hundreds of mourners came together Saturday for the funeral of Amari Brown, the 7-year-old gunned down in Humboldt Park on the Fourth of July.
Mourners lined up outside Vernon Baptist Church on 2622 W Jackson Blvd. The packed church was full of friends, teachers and political leaders.
Church is filled to capacity for #AmariBrown no one being let in or out. @WBBMNewsradio— Mariam Sobh (@mariamsobh) July 11, 2015
The crowd included Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lookalikes, in honor of the show friends said the boy loved, according to WBBM News Radio and the Sun-Times.
Three Teenage Ninja Turtles just arrived to the funeral of Amari Brown, 7, set to start at 10. pic.twitter.com/ascvb2DRk3— Jordyn Alyse Holman (@JordynJournals) July 11, 2015
Brown was reportedly displayed in an open casket, wearing a white suit with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bowtie.
The service included eulogies from Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), as well as a statement read on behalf of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Senator Mark Kirk spoke on how he will lobby for stricter gun laws in Washington on behalf of Amari and his family.— Jordyn Alyse Holman (@JordynJournals) July 11, 2015
Brown was shot in the chest last Saturday by a bullet Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said was meant for his father, Antonio Brown, who police have called a "ranking member" of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang.
Community members have offered a combined $6,000 to anyone with information on who was behind the shooting.
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