By Jean Lotus
A fund has been established to help pay funeral expenses for an Oak Park boy shot and killed on his bicycle in Chicago on July 3.
The Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest established the account July 18 so contributors could make donations to the family of Damani Henard, 14, who was registered to enter Oak Park and River Forest High School as a freshman.
Damani's mother, Yolanda Paige, said she paid $9,000 for her son's July funeral at Corinthian Temple Church of God in Christ in Chicago and burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Hillside.
Chicago Police said two men ran across North Avenue from the north side of the street around 12:45 a.m. July 3. One man shot the boy in the head and back as he rode his bicycle near the 5000 block of West North Avenue. The two then fled. No arrests have been made and the investigation continues, Paige said.
Anyone wishing to make a donation may send checks payable to the Damani Henard Fund to Community Bank at 1001 Lake St., Oak Park, Ill. 60301.