The Rev. Yaz Johnson pauses before speaking at the funeral of 13-year-old Darius Wallace on Saturday at the Greater Second Mt. Olive Baptist Church Sports Complex.
ALBANY — While the choir sang uplifting gospel music, family members closed a white coffin Saturday on a 13-year-old boy cut down by a bullet in East Albany.
Darious Wallace died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen Feb. 11 while at a residence on the 900 block of Crawford Drive. Two juveniles, one 11 years old the other 15, were placed in custody stemming from the shooting.
“This is a sad time and kind of hard to accept,” said Yaz Johnson, a pastor from the Walk By Faith Ministries, who spoke at the funeral. “We do have our ups and downs, but God is too good to be unkind. Jesus will make everything all right.”
Before the coffin was shut at the Greater Second Mt. Olive Baptist Church Sports Complex on the 100 block of Dewey Street, family, young and older adults and children paid respects and left with tears to take their seats.
The family dedicated this poem to “Lil Darious:”
“A little boy, A special friend;
A little fighter, Right to the end.
Gone from our lives; But not from our hearts.
We’ll keep you there always;
Like we have from the start.”
Darious was buried at Union Memorial Cemetery. An account has been opened in his name at SunTrust Bank for donations to pay for his funeral.