ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)--A little boy who enjoyed making people laugh and was known for his big smiles was laid to rest Thursday as his large family mourned his murder.
Nine year old Tyrese Short was in the back seat of a car with his father when someone fired shots at the vehicle at 3:30 am on July 10 on Goodfellow Blvd. near Laura. Short was the only one injured. He died later that day.
Family and friends gathered for the child's funeral at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Several pastors spoke urging those attending to reach out to their Christian faith for support. Pastor Felix Gibson, the child's great uncle, told the crowd, "If you want to see Tyrese again accept Jesus."
Pastor Amber Coleman asked the crowd to turn away from a "no snitch" philosophy and provide any information they might have about the child's killer. "We should be just as mad and irate about this as we are about Mr. Zimmerman," Pastor Coleman told them in a reference to the recent trial of Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman who killed black teen Trayvon Martin.
Pastor Coleman is a member of the St. Louis Homicide and Ministers Community Alliance, a group that reaches out to families of homicide victims to help them access resources to meet emergency needs.
St. Louis police homicide Sgt. Roger Engelhardt is also a member. He, too, attended the funeral. "I think there's a misconception that the police department doesn't care about certain victims, homicide victims in general and just by our presence here we demonstrate that we do care and all these victims are important to us," he said after the funeral service.
Sgt. Engelhardt called the killing of Tyrese Short "senseless." The child is survived by his parents, two brothers and two sisters as well as a large extended family living in St. Louis and Texas.
The family has also set up a donation fund to help with funeral expenses and you can donate to that fund at any PNC Bank.
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