Hit and run Chicago: Healing Circle pays tribute to 3 men killed outside gay bar South Side Jeffrey Pub
CHICAGO (WLS) — A healing circle honored the lives of three young men killed in a tragic hit-and-run last weekend.
Sunday marks a week since the horrific crash outside the Jeffrey Pub in the 7000 block of South Jeffery Boulevard in the South Shore neighborhood.
“Tragically, yes, lives were lost, but they should not be forgotten,” said one of the speakers at the event.
The day was about bringing people together to ground themselves in love as families, along with LGBTQ+ advocates, fight for justice.
It is not finished. It’s just a sad, sad thing,” Wanda B said.
Bright colors adorned Wanda B, who somberly supported activists like her who have long fought for LGBTQ rights for decades.
18 I’ve been doing it for 40 years and I’ll do it as long as I got breath in my body. I will fight for equality,” she said.
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A rainbow flag fluttered darkly along Rainbow Field House as three wooden hearts stood upright bearing the names of the three lives lost a week ago.
The three victims have been identified as Donald Huey, 25, Devonta Vivetter, 27, and Jaylen Ausley, 23, a recent graduate from the University of Michigan.
“I am devastated. I want justice for my son Donald and the other families,” said Huey’s mother, Charlita Riley.
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“He was a perfect example of someone in our community and what people should be like,” Ausley’s cousin Curtis Henderson added.
The three lives were taken by the driver of a speeding car outside the popular South Side gay bar, the Jeffery Pub, Chicago police said.
The pub is one of the oldest black gay bars in America and the National Black Justice Coalition is calling for the incident to be investigated as a hate crime.
However, police said that at this time they do not have the supporting evidence.
“I want them to investigate. I don’t want them to mess this up. I don’t want them to think of us as someone who fights all the time and we deserve this or all of that. We should be treated like everyone else: human beings,” said Wanda B.
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Now an activist is asking the city to step back and look at the bigger picture.
“As we stand here, still fighting for our rights to be who we are and to love who we are,” Dawn Valenti said. “It’s the only thing that separates us from others. We choose to love someone who is like us. So I ask you all to please stick together.”
So far, police have not said if anyone was in custody or what happened inside the bar that may have led to the scuffle before the crash.
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