Fund established for family of slain Oak Park boy

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By Jean Lotus

Staff Reporter

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.

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Another dad  

Posted: July 30th, 2013 8:16 AM

Thanks, @A dad, for demonstrating your excellent parenting skills. I'm sure we all aspire to your level of greatness in leaving advice in inappropriate places!

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: July 27th, 2013 3:44 AM

The WJ, thanks for let us know about this fund. I appreciate it.

OP Res  

Posted: July 26th, 2013 9:30 PM

Yes, please, please do not make this mother feel any more pain than she already does. We don't know her story and we don't need to know. We only need to know that she lost a child and that is something from which no mother ever recovers. Donate to help the family or just leave the page. Please, have some compassion for the family.

A mother  

Posted: July 26th, 2013 8:48 PM

It is truly awful that someone would assume Damani's mother wasn't concerned. If you read the earlier article, his mom was working two jobs as a nurse's aide. One of those jobs was in Highland Park. Maybe she was working the overnight shift when this happened.

Just Give (or Remain Silent)  

Posted: July 26th, 2013 6:44 PM

Thanks, Jackie, for your thoughtful words. Very well stated.

Mike from Oak Park  

Posted: July 26th, 2013 6:13 PM

Illinois Attorney Generals Office could help

Jackie from Oak Park  

Posted: July 26th, 2013 5:52 PM

Blaming the victim serves no purpose. This article concerns a fund set up to help defray funeral costs for a child. This parent is asking herself every question you are posing. Pointing a finger at her and placing blame doesn't even come close to the anguish and loss she is feeling. Please treat this parent as you would any that has lost a child. She is not to blame for her son's death. If you can't find it in your heart to feel compassion for this family, then remain silent.

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