Fund proposed to pay for burying children killed by gun violence
The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Jacqueline Collins, would provide up to $10,000 for funeral and burial expenses.By Stefano Esposito Jan 31, 2022, 2:29pm CST
After her 4-year-old son, Mychal Moultry Jr., was shot in the city while visiting his father during the Labor Day weekend, Angela Gregg’s family had to pay $13,000 for funeral expenses.
Gregg would have liked to have her son buried; she settled for cremation instead.
“The money was not there,” Gregg said Monday, speaking at St. Sabina Church on the South Side.
Gregg said she’s applied for state funding intended to help victims of gun violence but is still waiting to be reimbursed.
“Every child deserves to grow up free from gun violence, but when their innocent lives are cut short … families are left to grieve. This is too much tragedy, too much loss for these families. They don’t need the additional burden of financial distress,” said state Sen. Jacqueline Collins.
Collins, D-Chicago, is sponsoring the Mychal Moultry Jr. Funeral and Burial Assistance Act, which would allow the state to pay funeral and burial service providers up to $10,000 for someone under 17 who dies of gun violence. The money would be available to families with incomes of less than $40,000.