Father, 7-month-old son laid to rest after November 13th shooting

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Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 12:46pm

Grieving family and friends packed a New Orleans church Saturday to lay to rest a young father and his seven-month-old son, both victims of street violence in the city.

Misty overcast conditions fit the somber occasion Saturday morning as mourners assembled at St. John Baptist Church in the 8500 block of Panola Street in the Leonidas neighborhood as pallbearers loaded not one, but two caskets into a hearse.

The first, seven-month-old Deshawn Kinard, the city's youngest murder victim in 2013.

The second, his father, 25-year-old Deshawn Butler, both father and son, murdered, remembered, and laid to rest together.

"It's hard. It's hard because you seen them from a child and they grow up and you don't expect to do this. You don't expect to do this," said Albert Feazell, grandfather of Deshawn Butler.

Feazell mourns the loss of his grandson and his great grandson he'll never know.

"You can't no more innocent than that. Seven months old. Just beginning to live you know. Not even walking," said Feazell. "It's just senseless. We steadily killing each other and I don't know if it was gang related."

Police say the 9:00 p.m. fatal shooting on November 13 may have been gang related, the two were riding in the back seat of a car in the 2100 block of General De Gaulle Drive near the Crescent City Connection when someone opened fire on the car. The father died at the scene while his son, fastened in his car seat, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

"We have to take a stand. Every family, every neighborhood, every church, every mosque, everybody has to come together because if not it's just not going to stop," said Green Steven Junior.

"It's really sad, it's most definitely sad. The baby... the baby seven months and the baby's kin to me," said Antoinette Hill.

Two lives tragically taken too soon as mourners pray for strength and for the violence to stop.

"When we're weak, he's strong and that's who we rely on. Jesus," said Hill.

Police are still asking the public to come forward with any information about the murders. They are now offering a $15,000 reward. 

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