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My name is Ladell Johnson. I am a parishioner of Our Lady of Africa Parish in Chicago. Divine Word Missionary, Fr. Bob Kelly, SVD serves as our pastor.
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Recently, on Labor Day weekend, there was a five-year old child and his parents visiting from out of town. Someone shot through a window of the home where he was staying, and the bullet struck him. He didn’t make it. I knew he was not going to make it that night, so I got up, even though they had not called me yet. Because of COVID, we don’t go to the scene anymore, and we don’t usually go to the hospital.
When I heard about it, I got up and went to the hospital anyhow. I just stayed there. It was the most uncomfortable feeling I have ever had. The boy’s mother had been cut by glass, so she was in the emergency room. His father was there by himself. Being from out of town, there was nobody there with him. I sat there for three hours and nobody ever showed up to support him. Nobody. And it just really bothered me. After a couple of days, they took the little boy off life support. It really tore me apart.
On behalf of Fr. Kelly, Ladell and the people served in Our Lady of Africa Parish, we are ever grateful for your support.
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