District 124 Takes Safety Precautions for 'Suspected Gang Member's' Funeral

Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 said there is a 'suspected gang member's' funeral and wake Monday and Tuesday, and is taking precautions.

Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 said it's taking safety precautions to protect children and staff during a suspected gang member's funeral and wake on Monday and Tuesday.

In a message to parents Friday, Supt. Diane Cody said services will be at 3600 W. 95th St., and recess will be cancelled.

The message stated:

We have been informed by the Evergreen Park Police Department that there will be a wake and funeral held at Kenny Brothers on 95th Street next Monday and Tuesday for a suspected gang member.

The wake will begin at 3:00 on Monday afternoon, which is the same time as our dismissal. You may want to make arrangements for your child to picked up at school rather than walking home that day.

The funeral is scheduled for 11:00 on Tuesday May 8, 2012 with the funeral procession heading west after the service. Our elementary st udents will not have recess outside on Tuesday.

The Chicago Gang Crimes Unit and the Cook County Gang Crimes Unit will be present.

If we hear of any changes to this information, you will be informed.

This information is being sent to you by phone and by email. If you do not receive this message in both methods of communication, please contact your child’s school office to verify your contact information.

Originally published on May 5 at 8:46 a.m.

Liz McNamara May 06, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Yeah, and everyone deserves to have the right to feel safe. Live the life, die the life....
Jennifer May 07, 2012 at 05:22 PM
How can you say that. Boycott that is utterly the most selfish thing !!! Shame on you. The family deserves to be safe and well if this is the place they deserve to have their son waked there. SHOW SOME RESPECT!!!!
Debbie Montez Hrncir May 07, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I agree with Jennifer and Kaitlin. The family isn't responsible for this young man's choices in life and they have the right just like anyone else to put their family member to rest wherever they choose. The are feeling the loss just as any other family would.
kathy May 07, 2012 at 06:59 PM
@Jennifer..the family deserves to be safe??? What about EP residents??? Those people are bringing the trouble out of their town to ours! And right across from a school!!
Tracie Mary May 07, 2012 at 07:21 PM
What about our kids safety? Our children's teachers safety??!!
Kaitlin May 07, 2012 at 07:25 PM
@Kathy obviously someone in the family has ties to this area. They didn't just take a map out close their eyes and point their finger somewhere. This isn't about bringing trouble to "our" town it's about mourning the life of someone who deserves peace after death. it's about the family and friends saying good bye to someone they will never see again. Shame on you!
Drly May 07, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Gang members are cowerds that's why they travel in packs like animals ! If the police have a strong present it most likely will be safe but at the same time if you die in the hood you should be waked & berried in the hood .
MHB25 May 07, 2012 at 09:51 PM
There's a lot going on here and no one really knows the full story. It's not fair to sit here and judge and I agree, gangbanger or not, this family deserves some peace regardless of how he passed away. The cemetary on 115th St is where many gangbangers are buried (not berried Drly). I'm glad that Evergreen, Chicago and Cook County are taking precautions and warning those in the area. Chances of anything happening are slim but they want to keep the residents on high alert. This has been going on for years but we are only aware of it because of social media networks and websites like Patch. There have been numerous times that police guarded Kennedy Park or that area because of funeral heading to the cemetary on 115th. Gangbanger or not, someone lost a son and grandson. Show some respect folks!
MHB25 May 07, 2012 at 09:57 PM
PS- I find this all very interesting. I'm sure that Cook County Gangs Unit has lots of info on this guy that they can't release for obvious reasons but couldn't the family have a libel suit against SD124, Most Holy Redeemer and any other places that sent out emails regarding the "suspected gang member" emails?
KathRN May 07, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Actually picking a place outside their own community was probably a very deliberate action. Kenny Brothers cannot refuse service to any family if they are able to meet their payment requirements or they would be shut down. If they did the state could close them down permanently. The district stating that the wake is for a "suspected gang member" is simply relaying the message from the police
Moiselle May 07, 2012 at 10:23 PM
My condolences to the family for their loss. This is a tragedy...and it is happening all over the world. When the people heal..the world will heal.
Not in my backyard May 08, 2012 at 12:24 AM
The district is in no way libel. I love all of these holier than now about everyone deserving a chance, proper burial, etc. This animal chose his way of life. If his family gave a you know what about him he wouldn't have lived a life of crime. All it takes is one retaliation attempt and you clowns will all be on board with boycotting Dignity funeral homes. No sympathy there, people make choices and they affect your families and your businesses. It's part of adulthood. Own up to it.
Tracie Mary May 08, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Well said Not In My Backyard!!
OL Mommy May 08, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Had anyone considered perhaps he was from or lived in EP?? Yes folks, it's possible! LOL I grew up in EP and now live in Oak Lawn and Oak Lawn has a huge gang problem! I love hearing parents with their blinders on "that's why I live in the suburbs - that stuff only happens in the city." they are the ones who's kids end up trouble makers bc they refuse to open their eyes. No way is this libel. It has been all over the news as well. The police don't suspect anyone. They know if people are bangers or not. Bangers usually don't try to hide who and what they are. I understand his family wanting peace, but the problem is just bc he is dead, doesn't mean other rivals won't retaliate still on his family. No matter where they chose, they should have still made some attempt to care about the community. Times could have been rearranged and perhaps days to have it on the weekend. Also MHR could have rearranged pick up to the front of the school on 96th rather than the back on 95th as usual. I wonder if Oak Lawn will be monitoring as they travel to the cemetery?
who cares May 08, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Why won't anybody release his name ?
OL Mommy May 08, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Idk for sure, but maybe he was a minor? I think their names are not released by law?
Renita Young May 08, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Thanks, everyone for commenting, but let's keep it respectful and eliminate name-calling. Thank you, Renita Young Editor, Evergreen Park Patch
Drly May 08, 2012 at 07:38 AM
@Mhb25 thank you for the corection in my spelling . You are obviously well educated and a leader . mlm
EPFATCAT May 08, 2012 at 12:28 PM
To Drly: Don't give MHB25 too much credit. It is cemetery not cemetary.
who cares May 08, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Does anybody know this thugs name?
James May 08, 2012 at 01:19 PM
All of you should try working a night in cook county jail. These people do not respect you, your children, your Neighborhood, NOTHING... Wake up and smell reality housewives. Put down the wine one afternoon and go for a beautiful drive in Engelwood or 26th and rockwell. They don't care about YOU!!! Shoot first and ask questions later.
Kaitlin May 08, 2012 at 01:32 PM
This is insane. Judging someone you don't know one thing about him or her except what a little article says. He's a "suspected" gang member. Anyone want to define suspect? What happened to not guilty until proven guilty? What happened to a world who will allow a person to rest in peace? You all sit their and judge let's see you grow up in the "ghetto". Let's see you try to survive in a place where the average age of death is in your 20s. None of you know what this family has been through, how this person got to where he is. All you care about is three words "suspected gang member". Why do you even care what his name is? It's not going to make a difference. Most of the people in this community are christian isn't it Gods job to judge not us? Are we not all flawed? Throwing stones from your own glass houses. The person is dead. People are mourning. And we are all arguing about the right of someone to be laid to rest.
Heads Up May 08, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Kenny Brothers is no longer the 'Old' Kenny Brothers. They sold out to DIGNITY. They have an entirely new staff. This is just the beginning of the gang banger funerals in Evergreen Park. Beverly has been overcome by them. WAKE UP: Bystanders do not require GANG UNIT ESCORTS. We the tax payers are paying for a GANG UNIT ESCORT to protect us and our community. Get ready EP.....wait till you see how these animals behave at a wake and funeral. Unknown to me, I was driving along side a gang banger funeral procession with my son in Beverly. The gang bangers abruptly pulled their cars into the moving funeral procession (and blocked me as well) on an angle and when they (4 gang bangers in each car) threw signs the entire car jerked and leaped out of control.Shots will be fired! THAT IS WHY THE GANG UNITS ARE THERE!!!! Sure Sure.....gang bangers are tax payers too! And I am going to guess that they are all honor roll students as well!!
Kaitlin May 08, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Faith my thoughts are with you and your family. Losing anyone in your family is hard. Do not listen to all this negative bs. Focus on the memory of your cousin.
not in my backyard May 08, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Kaitlin, I invite you to move to San Francisco with all the other liberal losers. I'll look forward to paying for this thugs unborn childs welfare. I'll make sure I work an extra hour today just for him. ....that's right I'm sure he'll be an honor student too.
Kaitlin May 08, 2012 at 03:24 PM
First of all not in my backyard dont you dare call me a loser. That's childish. Grow up. Be an adult.
eyes wide open May 08, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Everyone has the right to be laid to rest. And theres nothing wrong with informing the schools about the funeral. But there is something with judging ppl I guess everyones family is squeaky clean and your children,grandchildren,neices,nephews,cousins,have never made a wrong turn in life. You ppl are funny. You will not understand what the families goes thru until it happens too your family!!!!
Frank Moriarty May 08, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Does this "thug" have a child or is that suspected? Is this individual collecting welfare or is that suspected? This person is suspected to be a gang member. If you suspect or fear danger keep clear of Kenny Brothers. But let the dead have their arrest and his family their grief.
Candace Blaylock May 08, 2012 at 04:08 PM
So what exactly is the issue here? Some of you are outraged because a funeral is being held in your "quiet "peaceful" neighborhood? Question? Aren't some of your children "amazed" by gang culture? Stop being so closed minded. Violence is everywhere, no matter where you go. Even in Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, the gang rate is starting to rise because the parents are to scared to stand up to their children. The family has to bury a child. No parent should have to do that. That young man choose his path in life, maybe the parents could have done something, maybe that couldn't. Don't pass judgement, I WOULD LOVE to see you all live in Englewood, or Grand Crossing, Gresham, West Lawndale and have an influence on your child like most of these low life drug dealers and gangmemebers.. Question yourselves first before you past judgement.
Jetts mom May 09, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Are ya serious? This is news??? I witness gang funerals at least once a month...Journalists...this is a big metropolis...Find a real story...or shame on your boss


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