Published on October 6th, 2014 | by PEM0
MASTER P Held Memorial for slain boy in Cherokee Park; LOUISVILLE, KY
About 100 friends and relatives of 12-year-old Ray Etheridge came to Hogan’s Fountain in Cherokee Park, near the site where he was murdered, to build a make-shift memorial of toys and balloons.
The reflection ceremony was sponsored by “Let the Kids Grow” movement creator, rapper, actor and former basketball player Percy “Master P” Miller. He also paid for Etheridge’s funeral.
Miller is no stranger to child violence. His younger brother died of a gunshot wound when Miller was a teenager.
“We’re losing so many kids to senseless crimes,” Miller said. “We all know what (Ray Etheridge’s) family is going through. If we’re able to help, we should.”
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – On the day before his funeral, a stack of teddy bears and toys were placed just yards from where 12-year-old Ray Etheridge was killed in Cherokee Park.
“It’s hard it’s been a hard road,” Ray’s father, Ronald Etheridge, said.
Among the crowd at Sunday’s memorial were others who know what he is going through.
“The only way is to push through and to be there with God,” Cierra Miller said. She lost her 16-month-old daughter, Ne’Riah Miller, in August when she was shot in front of their home.
“We’re going to be their supporters ‘cuz we had a lot of supporters on our side, we’re going to be there for them,” she said of Ray’s parents.
The grief was shared by Marie Clark. Three of her grandchildren died in January in a fire started by a flare gun.
Six-year-old Tat’yana Hughes was the only one who survived the fire. Sunday, Tat’yana asked her grandma what happened to Ray.
“She said ‘Did he go to heaven with Tai’zah, Took and Trin?’ And I said ‘yes,'” Clark said.
As he has for victims of other acts of violence, rapper Master P hopped on a flight to Louisville to attend Ray’s memorial.
Master P is also paying for Ray’s funeral. Making the arrangements to bury his son has been a staggering task for Ronald Etheridge.