“If he was scared then he stayed brave for us and we never knew it,” Anthony Cervone said of his son’s battle with cancer.
Now, nearly two months after Lucas’ death, Anthony and Rina Cervone are crafting a legacy for their son. They gather to read the cards that were sent to him and speak at events. They’ve raised money for charities that supported them during Lucas’ battle and for Lurie Children’s Hospital.
“To come to this present place and time as a 30-year-old black and trans woman, that I can appear on national television and celebrate my love and my life, and that this moment is being recorded and celebrated, I think that is something to celebrate and applaud,” activist Precious Davis said.
“And I hope that it really inspires people to see that trans people, we are not a mockery. We are people just like everyone else who have love, desires, hope, dreams.”
The shooting death of 20-year-old Dwayne Thomas at 1:22 p.m. did not deter Mothers Against Senseless Killings from their occupation of the corners of 75th and Stewart and 75th and Harvard. Faye McCullough, 67, of Bronzeville, was among those who set up a tent and gathered to do yoga and barbecue with kids on the street Wednesday night.
“We’ll be here. We’re not afraid,” she said. “We’re like the front line.”
The executioner of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee — the Chicago boy lured away from a park and shot dead to get back at his family during a gang feud — laughed and bragged about killing the boy while in jail on a separate charge, prosecutors said Tuesday.
First-degree murder charges have been filed against Dwright Boone-Doty, 22, the alleged gunman in the crime.
“We grieve their loss,” said the Rev. Gary Graf, who addressed the crowd in English and Spanish. “But we come together at the same time with tremendous faith and hope.”
Hundreds of visitors formed a line that wrapped around pews and walls to view the caskets. Family and friends embraced and wept. A woman clung to Graf, burying her face in his white robes while he quietly held her.