Community calls for change at funeral of man slain in NW Harris County

Family of main slain in northwest Harris County hope to turn tragedy into progress
September 14, 2013 5:18:19 PM PDT
A community is hoping to find good in tragedy. A 27-year-old father was murdered last week in northwest Harris County. Authorities say it was over a game of basketball.

On Saturday, the family of Wilbert Lee, who was shot and killed last Friday, gathered to say goodbye and offer a message of peace to the community.

"I never met a man that was so strong," said Reverend Wilbert Lee, Wilbert's father. "He brought me through and I'm his father."

Lee was playing basketball with friends at a north Houston park. After the game, police say one man pulled out a gun started shooting. Lee died at the hospital and nobody has been arrested yet.

"It was unfortunate, but in the end we see the blessing," said Med Daughtery, Wilbert's brother.

It's a blessing because Lee's funeral service is also serving as a wake-up call for many in the religious community. They're pushing a mentoring program called "Be Your Brother's Keeper, not Your Brother's Killer."

"Let's stop whining about the problem," said Bishop James Dixon. "Let's be a part of the solution because there are more of us who believe this principle than those who do not. But if we don't come together, we cannot solve it. "

The idea is to get young people involved in their community and away from crime.

"We're going from neighborhood to neighborhood, street to street, house to house, city to city, state to state and we will not stop until every city and every neighborhood is a safe place for all of us to live," said Dixon.

If you'd like to get involved in the organization, log onto BeYourBrothersKeeper.com

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