Community Support For Keoshia Ford

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 8/05/2012 11:37 am
Keoshia Ford is a teenager that has clearly touched hundreds of lives.

Everything you need to know about the love and support from Keoshia's community can be found on their faces.

LeKeshia Matthews, Keoshia's Mother, says, "Just coming over here and thinking about what happened, and I thought I was going to loose my baby."

Matthews says that is what was going through her mind when she collapsed.

It was the first time her family has stood on Bennett Avenue, the exact place where Keoshia was shot behind the ear.

Matthews adds, "It was hard to come, but I know I had to pull through and come for my baby and let her know I love her."

In 13 days, the community has raised $13,000, and it will all be put in a trust fund for Keoshia.

Matthews says, "Wow, I'm so blessed, and I thank everyone for coming out."

On this day, residents tell us your age or your race does not matter, it only matters if love Keoshia enough to say,"Stop gang violence."

Ashley Ward, Keoshia's Aunt, says, "I hope this opens their eyes and realize they're affecting and hurting people, innocent children, getting hurt for no reason."

Just as the images of the day are now imprinted on hearts and minds, the gang task force hopes this message will be too.

Boyd Patterson, with the gang task force, says, "I'm telling ya'll, we have a tough times right now in Chattanooga, and we need to think about who we are as a city. Are we going to continue to come together like this?"

Now, if you still want to help Keoshia, contact Olivet Baptist Church, and make all checks out to Keoshia Ford.

We also want to add that the suspect in this case is a juvenile, and he has been arrested.
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