Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Crain's: A Business of Life & Death

[VIDEO] A presentation at Crain's profiling the local Leak & Sons Funeral Home located @ 7838 S. Cottage Grove. It was noted in the video above that this family was involved with the Civil Rights movement where Funeral Home founder A.R. Leak marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama. Also it was noted that they buried singer Sam Cooke, athlete Jessie Owens, and comedian Bernie Mac. In addition to those they also buried 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins who in March 2013 had been murdered in an attempt on her father's life who she just so happen to be with at that unfortunate moment.

Unfortunately the focus of this piece is that Leak & Sons have had to handle at least quarter of Chicago's more than 500 victims of gun violence. In many cases he's forced to help the many families who aren't able to pay for the funeral of their loved ones.

Also, Spencer Leak Sr. had been interviewed last year for NBC News and offered his thoughts on the violent crimes here in Chicago.

This presentation is both eye-opening and very sad.

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