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Hundreds Mourn Slain 9-Year-Old At Funeral

Antonio Smith. (Family provided photo.)

Antonio Smith. (Family provided photo.)

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(CBS) – More than 400 people filled the Evening Star Missionary Baptist Church, in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, to pay their final respects to the nine-year-old boy shot through the heart in a South Side alley on August 20.

Antonio Smith played pee-wee football and sang in the church choir. Bishop Vesta Dixon knew him well and said he touched the lives of all knew and that maybe by his death, Antonio will be the one to stop the killing on Chicago’s streets.

WBBM 780’s Bob Roberts

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He chided the parents of the still unknown killer, saying good parents set rules, impose curfews and make them stick. That pleased Ron Holt, whose son Blair died stepping in front of a bullet intended for someone else in 2007.

“I am so glad that a pastor had the nerve to make such a statement to call out some parents who have lost their kids to the streets who did not do a good job in parenting them and raising them correctly,” Holt said.