Group helps fund services for teen

A philanthropic group raised funds to help cover funeral expenses for a slain teen.

Posted on Dec. 30, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — An Elkhart mother was able to bury her son on Monday after a philanthropic group helped raise money for the funeral service and burial.

Devonte Patrick, 18, died Monday afternoon, Dec. 23, after he was shot in the parking lot of Prairie Street Mennonite Church.

Patrick’s mother, Angela Tanner, did not have enough money saved up to cover the unexpected cost of laying her son to rest.

She arranged the funeral through Cobb Funeral Home and even after funeral home cut its charges to help her, Tanner needed to come up with $6,122 for the funeral, embalming and burial.

Cobb Funeral Home Director Roosevelt Cobb said the visitation and funeral service would still go on regardless of whether the money was collected in time. The burial, however, would have to be postponed until Rice Cemetery received the burial fees.

A local non-profit organization, Elkhart Advocates for Peace and Justice, stepped up to help collect donations for Tanner.

Prairie Street Mennonite church donated $462 and a donation drive on YouCaring.com raised $870, said Jason Moreno, a member of EAPJ.

“She was able to get it paid, but she had to borrow a lot,” Moreno said. “Everyone stepped up and got it done.”

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