MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – A Mobile funeral home is going the extra mile to honor an 18-year-old shot and killed while playing a video game inside his home.
The Heritage Funeral Home prepared Ty’Corey Crawford’s service. The funeral for Ty’Corey Crawford was held Saturday afternoon. Every part of the teen’s funeral was customized. They turned this sadness into a celebration of his life, and are now hoping to inspire a change.
“We wanted to highlight his life, what he was known for, what he loved, which was being on the basketball court. And what he was looking forward to doing at Stillman College,” said Ced McMillan, the CEO of Heritage Funeral Home.
McMillan works with grieving families daily. “We believe in celebrating life, one family at a time,” he said.
But, when 18-year-old Ty’Corey Crawford had to be prepared for burial, he said enough.
“I think Ty’Corey to me, causes all of us to pause, and say we’ve got to do better and enough is enough,” said McMillan.
Ty’Corey was shot and killed inside his home late March. His mom, Gwendolyn Crawford, tells us he was playing a video game.
She spoke with us last week, still in disbelief. “I know it wasn’t meant for him. Because the people who shot at my home, didn’t care who was in there, you know? It could have been anybody. It wasn’t for him,” said Crawford.
Which is why McMillan wanted to step in and do more for Ty’Corey’s family when they laid him to rest. “From the staff wearing jerseys with his number on it, to the casket being totally customized,” McMillan said of the funeral.
In just a few months of 2019, more than a dozen people have been killed due to violence in Mobile.
“They had so much possibility, so much potential, that they were robbed of,” said McMillan.
McMillan says it is time for something to be done.
“Our message is still in this city, stop the violence. Please, stop it! Stop it, stop it, stop it, stop it,” said McMillan.
McMillan says he believes change can happen. He suggests acts of kindness to help bring peace to the City of Mobile. He explained, it will start small but can change communities across Mobile.