CHICAGO (CBS) — The wake and funeral was held Wednesday for a high school student from Oak Park who was shot and killed just shy of his 17th birthday while out with friends in his old neighborhood in Chicago.
Friends of Elijah Sims wiped away tears as young pallbearers carried his casket into New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in the West Garfield Park neighborhood for the memorial service.
“You know, we’re talking about Elijah Sims probably because of the reaction in a very diverse community, Oak Park, to his tragic death; and I think we have to confront the reality that his life seems to matter more because it mattered to certain kinds of people,” said the church’s pastor, Rev. Marshall Hatch. “That’s something that we have to get away from. Every kid’s life should matter.”