Derrion Albert funeral: There is no simple fix for problems, pastor says – chicagotribune.com

Derrion Albert funeral: There is no simple fix for problems, pastor says

By Kristen MackTribune reporter – October 4, 2009

Parents urged to reclaim their children, city urged to educate kids closer to home

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Though the adults welcomed the messages, many mourners left before the service had ended and some teens talked about their homecoming plans during the service.

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Derrion Albert was laid to rest Saturday after a three-hour funeral attended by the well-known, those who knew him well and others who just wanted to pay their respects.

In death, the 16-year-old became the latest high-profile name on the long list of young Chicagoans who have died violently. The teen’s brutal beating with two-by-fours was recorded Sept. 24. The attack captured the nation’s attention and elicited a response from the White House.

President Barack Obama is sending Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Chicago this week in the wake of the fatal beating. Obama’s spokesman has indicated the administration is preparing an initiative to address the national issues of youth crime and violence.

Derrion was violently stomped, punched and smacked with large planks of wood in a South Side brawl shortly after classes ended for the afternoon at Fenger High School. The melee was between two long-warring factions of Fenger students, kids bused in from the Altgeld Gardens housing project and those who live in the portion of the Roseland neighborhood around Fenger known as the “Ville.”

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