7-year-old boy laid to rest as community members honor his memory

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Family and friends said goodbye to a seven-year-old shot and killed on the Fourth of July. Kelby Shorty was laid to rest Wednesday afternoon.

To honor his memory, a local non-profit is sending a clear message to the people killing children in Memphis.

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“They called me at 1:25 in the morning. I felt crazy. That hurt me,” said Mary Eads David Shorty, Kelby Shorty’s great great great grandmother.

The seven-year-old was gunned down on Independence Day.

“I love him and I’m going to always,” said Shorty.

On the same day of Kelby’s funeral, the Ride of Tears, a non-profit organization fighting to reduce the number of children killed from gun violence in Memphis, symbolically took him on his last ride through the city.

“We have to come together or we will be riding another baby, another baby and it just may be your baby. Then what you gonna do?” asked Mary Trice with the Ride of Tears.

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Dozens of cars lined up at the Liberty Bowl following a hearse to send a clear message to criminals in the community.

“Put your guns down. Pay attention. Why are you killing us? Don’t you think we should live?” said Trice.

Shorty’s great great great grandmother was hopeful his death can save another child’s life.

“All I can do is pray for my family and I will continue to pray for my family,” said Shorty.

So far this year at least 10 children have been killed just in Memphis. Last year, 38 child homicides happened in the city.