Pastor Kevin Adams reflects on the life of murder victim
Pastor Kevin Adams says he's had to officiate too many funerals for young men gun down on Chattanooga streets.
“I take it personally, like these are my kids and I’m like: "Another one!"” said pastor Kevin Adams, Olivet Baptist Church.
On Tuesday Adams will perform one more, this one for Kevin Albert. Adams was close to Albert, who attended Brainerd High School. Adams served as his mentor.
“This is a young man that had graduated high school, he's in college, he's an athlete, his family was very proud of him and his accomplishment,” said Adams.
Albert was a student at a Baptist College in Arkansas. Last Tuesday his life was cut short marking the 22nd homicide in the city so far this year.
“Every person out here is created in the image of God. You aren't just taking a life, but you are attacking and trying to destroy the image of God,” said Adams.
Adams says Albert shared some of his aspirations during the time they spent together.
“He talked about the business arena, talked about entrepreneurship, doing the right things, just trying to be a productive citizen,” said Adams.
Pastor Adams says Albert’s mother is struggling with the loss.
“She’s holding onto her faith, she's trusting in God, but it's difficult,” said Adams.
Adams says the faith community needs to unite to put an end to the violence.
“The church community has to come together, has to throw their arms around these young people,” said Adams.
Albert’s funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Visitation will be at noon. Police are still searching for the killer or killers. If you have any information on the murder, you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 423-698-3333.