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Slain Father, Infant Son Laid to Rest During Emotional Ceremony in New Orleans

Street violence claimed their lives.
NEW ORLEANS (WDSU) -- Street violence claimed their lives.

A father and his infant son were laid to rest Saturday but not before many people packed inside a church to say their final goodbyes.

Misty, overcast conditions fit the somber occasion Saturday morning. Mourners assemble at St. John Baptist Church in the 8500 block of Panola Street in the Leonidas neighborhood as pallbearers loaded two caskets into a hearse.

The first, 7-month-old Deshawn Kinard, is the city's youngest homicide victim in 2013.

The second, his father, was 25-year-old Deshawn Butler.

Both father and son were killed, remembered, and laid to rest together.

"It's hard. It's hard because you’ve 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 as he mourned the loss of his grandson and his great grandson. “You can't (be any more) innocent than that, seven months old, just beginning to live, you know. (He was) not even walking."

"It's just senseless. We (are) steady killing each other, and I don't know if it was gang related," said Wesley Wells, the uncle of Butler and the great uncle of Kinard.

Police say the 9 p.m. fatal shooting on Nov. 13 may have been gang related. The two were riding in the back seat of a car in the 2100 block of General DeGaulle 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 family friend Green Stevens Jr.

"It's really sad. It's most definitely sad," said Antoinette Hill, who's related to the younger victim. "The baby (was) seven months, and the baby's kin to me."

This, 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 Wells.

-- LaTonya Norton, WDSU
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