Memphis, Tenn — On Saturday morning, family and friends gathered at City Church in Cordova to remember and celebrate the life of 17-year-old Contario Sevion.
The young teen was gunned down last month as he was taking out the trash at Five Guys in East Memphis. During an emotional service, family members and friends spoke on the life Sevion lived.
“You were always a happy child, always wore a smile,” said one family member.
Others remembered Sevion as a person who loved everyone. One of Sevion’s former teachers spoke of a moment early in her teaching career that showed her how special of a person Sevion would be.
“One day he came in during my lunch break and he said a prayer for me. It was that day that I knew he was one of the most special men that I would ever meet.”
Antonio Gatlin, Youth Pastor at City Church, delivered the eulogy. Gatlin spoke highly of the young teen, characterizing him as a go-getter and ambitious person.
“He took opportunities. He was a go-getter, he was ambitious. At a young age, he understood that he has grown in spirit,” Gatlin tells FOX13.
While speaking, Gatlin took a moment to address the ongoing gun violence in the City of Memphis.
“It is far too long plagued the city. Hopefully, through the love and hope, we show today, that’s going to be an antidote for that,” said Gatlin.
Chris Foster, the lead pastor at City Church, echoing a similar message. Foster says losing Sevion is not just a loss to his family and friends, but also to the Memphis community.
“Contario had solutions that Memphis needed. Contario had answers to question that Memphis was asking,” Foster told FOX13.
Foster also said that Sevion was a person who was always working.
“He was working. He was doing everything before he had his first real job. He was doing yards, racking leaves, doing anything he could,” said Foster.
Foster says that Sevion had a mindset that a lot of teenagers today need.
“There’s a lot that I can achieve. There are the things that I can’t control, but there’s a whole that I can control,” said Foster.
Two teenagers have been charged with Sevion’s murder. A 16-year-old faces a number of charges including first-degree murder. 19-year-old Zavon Payne has been charged with facilitation first-degree murder.
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