By Cheryl Brown –
The death of Quinn D’lon McCaleb, one of two young men who were allegedly gunned down by a Hispanic gang member, is being called a “Call to Action” to do something to restore the peace. About 1000 diverse group of students and adults attended the service held on Martin Luther King’s birthday Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Cathedral of Praise International Ministries.
Quinn was the grandson of Ronnie Williams a former deputy sheriff and police chief in Los Angeles county, he said he never thought he would bury his grandson and for as many people he has had to officially inform of the death of their child he now understands the deep grief. “Anger is the devil’s tool. We must try to love when it is easy to hate,” he said.
The response to the service was very hard for the students, at points during the service, they left out of the church overcome with grief.
“He (Quinn) didn’t choose a destructive path but chose a life publically choosing Jesus. We must start where we work, and play to restore peace,” said Williams. The audience was admonished not to be intimidated by lawbreakers and that they cannot become the cultural norm. the question was asked, “How can we obtain peace?” Only by living by God’s standards.
How this could happen to anyone especially a young man whose uncle is serving in Afghanistan, and the family is so tied to law enforcement was on the minds of the speakers. And he attracted people of all races and nationalities in his circle of friends.
Quinn was born to Earl McCaleb and Shanita Williams on November 6, 1993. He began his education at West Athens Elementary School in Los Angeles and continued in Redlands at Moore Middle School and Redlands High School in Redlands, California. He was very involved in sports.
Throughout the service his personality came through, he was very talented and there was talk of him, with his infectious smile, his charismatic swag and his great personality.
“His death has left us this a call to action beyond today, peaceful communities operate in love that is spoken about in Romans 12,” said Pastor Bryant Kennedy, from Friendship Missionary Bapt ist Church, Ontario, CA. “How can we maintain the peace? How do we answer our loved one’s call. We go back to the Bible and live by God’s standard. Great movements started in the church of God.”
Left to cherish his memory are: mother Shanita Willams, father David McCaleb, brothers Jason David, Davion and D’kai, grandparents Gwendolyn Williams, Ronnie (Sharon) Williams; uncles Sean, Eric D. (Kim) Lamar (Sakura) Hollis, Johnnie (Judy) McCaleb; aunts Kat (David) McCarty, Celesteen (Marvin) Williams a nephew, CJ McCaleb and a host of other relatives and friends.
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