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Help pay for Macksantino Webb's funeral

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Mourning Macksantino Webb

Please help Pastor Webb and Macksantino Webb's family cover funeral costs.

Gun violence has once again hit close to home, and our hearts ache for Macksantino Webb, his uncle Zollie Webb, who is the beloved Pastor of Evanston's Friendship Baptist Church, and the entire Webb family.

On Tuesday, just after noon, Zollie Webb's great-nephew Macksantino Webb, 20, was shot and killed on the platform of the Red Line station at Howard Street.

Macksantino, like many other young men Pastor Webb has brought to his home, cared for, loved, fostered, and adopted, had moved in with his great uncle--who lives in Rogers Park--to escape the gun violence in Englewood, where Macksantino lived.

Pastor Webb has worked tirelessly for years to help prevent exactly this tragedy from happening to young men from Chicago and Evanston.

As a leader of Evanston Own It, an organization of Evanston's Black religious leaders that was founded in 2015 to foster community and stop violence in Evanston, Pastor Webb has headed up the outstanding Evanston Sings gospel music concert that takes place at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) each year and that--to date--has raised $35,000 that Evanston Own It then donates to the Team Outreach/Mayor's Youth Summer Employment Program.

"We bless the City so they can in turn bless young people," Pastor Webb told me earlier this year when I went to watch an Evanston Sings choir rehearsal at his church.

"That's what it's all about."

At the end of the rehearsal, Webb told the choir members, "I'm so grateful for you. You're helping young people we may never know. But what we're trying to do is make a difference in their lives."

In a Facebook post yesterday, Pastor Webb said,

"I am hurting to help plan [Macksantino's] funeral and preach his final service and eulogy. How many times do we have to walk behind caskets of young black men, before they realize that’s their deaths are a waste of talent and energy."

In 2016, Evanston resident and The Chicago Sun-Times reporter Maudlyne Ihejirika wrote a piece about Pastor Webb and the young men in his family, including Macksantino, titled "Aim for three South Side Teenagers, 'Just Trying to Survive a Summer.'"

You can read that article here:

Yesterday, Maudlyne and reporter David Struett reported on Macksantino's death here:

You can see my interview with Pastor Webb and learn about Evanston Sings here:

Please note: Kimberly and I are friends of the family, collecting money on their behalf.
All funds will be used toward funeral expenses. Any additional funds will be used by the family in this time of mourning.

Sadly, Pastor Webb had a heart attack late last week and is recovering in the hospital. We will be providing him with the funds from this fundraiser as soon as we're able to.  Gun violence is a disease. It kills people, it destroy's the shooter's life, and it has devastating ripple effects on families and communities. It has to stop.

Please note that all funds will be withdrawn by Lou Haliburton of Haliburton Funeral Chapel to their personal account to help defray costs of the funeral and to relieve Pastor Webb of the financial burden as much as possible. Lou and her husband own the funeral chapel and managed and conducted Macksantino's funeral.

Fundraising team: For Macksanto Webb (2)

Nina Kavin
Evanston, IL
Lou Haliburton
Kimberly Holmes
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