Murdered Teen’s Family Spreading Message Of Peace

(Memphis) It’s been two years since a 17-year-old boy was shot and killed in a drive by while leaving Douglass Community Center. His killer is still at large.

Saturday, Jacob Manuel’s family held a peace rally at Douglass Park in his honor.

In July 2011, the recent Douglass High graduate left the community center after playing a game of basketball and walked across the street to a friend’s house.

He was gunned down while standing outside.

“On a hot summer day like this, he was an innocent victim,” said Jacob’s older cousin, Derrick Harmon.

Jacob’s family formed the organization, Jacob`s House, to get out the word violence needs to stop.

“If we could stop one person from stopping the pain we felt, that’s our goal,” said Harmon.

“I know I could be him at any point,” said Hakim Muhammad. Hakim didn’t know Jacob but came to the peace rally to support the cause. He’s 17, the same age Jacob was when he was murdered.

Hakim is already worried about his younger`s cousins and their safety. Hakim’s younger cousin, 14-year-old Khadir Muhammad says kids need places to be kids, violence free.

“If not then you grow up in the future and you end up becoming the person you wouldn’t want to be,” said Khadir Muhammad.

Jacob`s aunts say he was a kid you wanted to know.

“He was a fun-loving person, he always joked and laughed,” said Hazel Manuel-Hurdle.

He was a teen stolen from his family at a young age and whoever is to blame was never arrested.

“We need to as a people need to start speaking up about what’s happening,” said Jacob’s aunt, Charlene Harmon.

Anyone with information on Jacob’s murder is asked to call crime stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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