Justus Howell Memorial Monument

Your support is needed to help build a monument for Justus Howell at his grave site. Any amounts will be greatly appreciated.                                      Justus Dominque Howell will forever be cherished. Justus was born June 18, 1997. Justus was 17 years old when he took his last breath. Justus was an amazingly beautiful individual who greatly loved and appreciated people. Justus was the kind of young man who can brighten the room with his smile and charisma. He loved to bring laughter and fun to everyone in his presence. Everyone that knew Justus loved him so it's no wonder why he dreamed of becoming a surgeon to save lives. Justus also had a tremendous love for dance and music. In his last years, Justus was pursuing his career as a young rap artist by the name of "Lil Meachie."

Justus's life touched so many of those he left behind and even those of whom he have never gotten a chance to meet. Society has lost an awesome light and Justus Howell is and will be greatly missed. Justus life was stolen by Officer Eric Hill, of the Zion, IL Police Department on April 4, 2015. Justus was running away from an area where a fight had broken out in broad daylight and police were called and arrived to the scene where my son is seen (also on video) running away, from not one but, four officers in which one, (Eric Hill) chased my son with his gun in hand and fired two shots both striking Justus in the back and killing him. Justus Howell 17 years old shot in the back because of being black while running from the police.

After the murder of Justus Howell by Zion, IL police I, LaToya Howell (along with her mother Alice Howell) have founded a not for profit organization named F.O.C.U.S. - For Our Children's Undistracted Success-to encourage and empower youth. In which most youth lack community and financial support amongst other resources -which directly impacts the lives of  at-risk youth) to succeed against all odds and also educating them to be self-sufficient in their own success by providing youth with such programs as mentoring, technology literacy, academic tutoring, advanced music/art modules, and advanced level sports training. 47534284_1587403043489960_r.jpeg
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