Family Plans Peace Rally in Memory of Murdered Teen

Family Plans Peace Rally in Memory of Murdered Teen

Remembering a young man's promising life, while his killer is still walking around free.
MEMPHIS, TN-- Family and friends remember a young man's promising life, while his killer is still on the loose. Jacob Manuel was college-bound when he was killed in a drive by shooting two years ago in North Memphis. He was only 17 years old. His family says he did not die in vain, they're organizing an annual peace rally and walk in his memory this Saturday.

Jacob Manuel was killed in the 1600-block of Ash Street July 11, 2011. His family hopes Saturday's memorial rally will help stop the violence.

“We’re trying to heal our community, to stop the violence in our community because it’s getting out of hand," said Manuel's cousin Chiquita Brandon.

Brandon says when her cousin was senselessly shot and killed in a drive by the family wanted to do more than just mourn.

“Saving our children one child at a time and saving our community one street at a time," said Brandon.

That’s the family’s mission. They’re accomplishing that by starting a non-profit group called “Jacob’s House.” The group will offer a variety of ways to tackle community problems.

"Computer programs, parenting classes, a teen hotline for kids that if they’re in trouble or they know something that’s going on, just to help them out," she said.

This past February the family created a scholarship fund, part of the Jacob’s House group. They’re focusing on education because Jacob, a Douglass High School grad and sports star, had a bright future.

“Jacob was just wonderful, he really was," said Brandon. "This way Jacob can live on and help others.”

The walk will start this Saturday at 9 am at the Douglass Community Center at 1616 Ash Street. Then at 11am there will be a rally at the Douglas Park, there will be food and entertainment for the entire family.
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