Cook: What do we owe Keoshia Ford?

LeKeshia Matthews {CQ} smoothes down daughter Keoshia Ford's {CQ} eyebrows Friday morning. Ford's family rose bright and early to take her to a doctor's appointment at Erlanger on Friday morning.
photo Staff Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse/Chattanooga Times Free Press - June 22, 2012. David Cook

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Keoshia Ford Expense Fundc/o Olivet Baptist Church740 E. M.L. King Blvd.Chattanooga, TN 37403Online donations can be made at

There have been too many funerals like this in our city. Mostly black folks in the pews. The body in the coffin too young. Prayers from the pastor about new life and resurrection, yet nothing but death out in the streets. And the cause of it all? Gang violence.

Friday afternoon, another funeral. Outside Temple Baptist Church, as the silver hearses idled in the cold, the slightest of snows began to fall, as if the heavens were saying there was something different about this death.