Proposed bill would have state cover funeral costs for children killed by gun violence

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A proposal has been made in the state legislature for the state to cover the upfront funeral costs for poor families who lose children to gun violence.

The bill is named after Mychal Moultry Jr., a 4-year-old boy whose life was cut short last year when bullets burst into his family’s South Side home. The little boy’s father was braiding young Mychal’s hair at the time in their apartment on 65th and Ellis in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

The Strength to Love Foundation paid for the boy’s funeral and its founder, Dr. Dave Nayak said, “Not only are these families dealing with the trauma of losing their child suddenly, but then they’re faced for the added financial hardships of paying for their funeral.”