Hundreds of people came to Living Word Church in Southwest Washington Saturday, to honor and remember slain community journalist Charnice Milton.
The gathering was both uplifting and heartbreaking.
“We mourn with you. We celebrate with you,” said Marco Clark, the president of Bishop McNamara High School.
Many mourners openly wept when Milton’s casket was closed for the last time, and attendants laid flowers on it.
“We’re all here to honor the memory of a beautiful person,” said Ralph Chittams, a family friend. “We have no reason to grieve.”
“It was like she was a gift from God when she was born into our family,” said Valenti Thompson, Milton’s cousin.
The 27 year old community reporter was shot and killed a week ago Wednesday, trying to catch a bus along Good Hope Road, in order to get home.
Police say when a gunman on a passing dirt bike opened fire, the intended target used her as a human shield.
DC Police have released surveillance video showing seven dirt bikes and ATV’s, and fourteen people riding them, now considered persons of interest in the case.
“I come here today, not to bury Charnice, but to praise her,” said Andrew Lightman, the Managing Editor of Capital Community News, where Milton worked.
“The bullet that took the innocent life of Charnice not only ended with her death, but silenced her voice,” he added.
Milton’s father, Ken McClenton, and her mother Francine received many embraces.
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SOURCE: WJLA, Richard Reeve