Community walks to heal over loss of killed teen

A Cairo, Illinois high school student, is shot and killed the day before Thanksgiving. This latest act of violence is moving parents, students, and teachers to action.

Community members said Myron Jordan was a junior at Cairo Junior High School. The school’s principal Zena Madison wrote a message on the Cairo Association of Teachers website asking for prayer. She said Jordan was shot right in front of her house.

The community organized a walk for peace Sunday, from First Missionary Baptist Church to the high school as a way to help people heal one step at a time.

One of the walk organizers, Steven Tarver, works with youth in the community. He said he hopes this loss will help stop violence and bring people together.

“Hopefully, as I said, this brings more light to our struggle, and brings people back into understanding that our youth need something to keep them from making bad choices,” Tarver said.

Students like Aeris Jackson and Issence Jones are walking to heal. 

“We had a class together and it’s not going to be the same without him,” Jones said.

Jackson said he had gone to get a haircut in Mounds when he got shot.

“It’s hard. It is painful,” Jackson said.

Jordan played basketball for the school. Coach Brian Bradtner said he had taken Jordan to practice that Wednesday. He said Friday’s game was hard to play.

“We cried for a couple hours got on the bus, and played the game. As tough as it was we got through it together,” Jones said.

Together, the underlying reason for this walk. Walk organizer Steven Tarver said rivalries between neighboring towns has gone too far.

“If we come together on an emotional high, I’m hoping that people will remain on that high to help better our community,” Tarver said.

He said there’s a need for more character-building activities for teens, and less violence.

Cairo Junior Senior High School held a candle light vigil for Jordan Sunday.

Community members said another teen with Jordan that day was also shot. No word on his condition. Illinois state police is handling the investigation.

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