Family, friends remember murder victim
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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Family and friends got together Saturday afternoon at an open lot on the corner of Line Street and Martindale Drive to remember, and pay tribute to, their loved one, Chantelle B. Humphries, and to raise awareness on the anniversary or Humphries’s murder.

Humphries, of Cadiz, was murdered on June 24, 2002, but whoever is responsible has not yet been apprehended.

Family and friends, among them Humphries’ sister, Carrie Baker, paid tribute to Humphries, and there were several singing groups on hand as well. Dr. Rev. Jerry Bacon read scripture and led the group in prayer.

Shiquita Baker, Humphries’ daughter, said she wanted to be like her mother, and that she misses her every day. She also said that Humphries was still her “number one,” and urged that those in attendance remember the good things she did.

“I met Chantelle when we were in fourth grade, and I was nine years old,” said Almaria Baker, one of Humphries’ lifelong friends. “We were in the same homeroom from middle school all the way through high school. We shared lockers every year.”

Baker also read a poem by Maya Angelou, and said that they have been in contact with the Attorney General’s office, adding that they will keep the issue in the media to make sure people don’t forget about Humphries or about what happened.

“We’re not going to let this go,” Almaria Baker said. “They’re not going fast enough, and it might be because they think … we don’t care, but we do care.”

Chelsie White said she and others are looking forward to the day that whoever was responsible is apprehended and brought to justice. She also said that if Humphries were alive, she would be proud of her children.

“She’s in a better place with God,” said Jhonnetta Oates. “I know God is good.”

Oates also urged those in attendance to pray about the situation, and to have patience.

Michael Nance, who also sang, spoke briefly of Humphries, saying that she a had a smile “that could light up the room.”

Family members said they hope to make Saturday’s ceremony an annual event.
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