Reporting Mike Krauser
CHICAGO (CBS) — Funeral services were held today on the West Side for an 18-year-old Chicago High School student shot in the back, allegedly by a gang member aiming for someone else, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.
Frances Colon’s family asked Victor Woods, an ex-felon turned author and motivational speaker, to express their feelings.
“I want us all to imagine this is our child. I want us to pause for reflection because this is a national tragedy and an outrage,” said Woods.
Woods noticed that Frances Colon died on the day President Obama came to Chicago to address the epidemic of youth violence following the murder of another teen, Hadiya Pendleton.
“Her father told me that they were watching Air Force One fly away,” said Woods.
A friend of the Clemente senior sang a song, another recited a poem. Frances Colon was one of three Clemente students killed this year.
Colon was shot around 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. 34-year old Larry Luellen Jr. is charged with Colon’s murder and is held without bond.