Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ex-Wife Vows To Give Uptown Victim A Proper Burial; "We're going to do this for you...I promise."

Paramedics arriving at the scene of Robert Kraft's fatal shooting, 909 W. Wilson. (@UptownChgoRock1)
An NBA player's relative was shot to death in Chicago Friday. TV and newspapers have been pounding the story all weekend. Within 48 hours, police announced two arrests in the case.

There have been no headlines for Robert Kraft.

Kraft, an innocent bystander, was shot dead by an Uptown gang banger's errant shot 3 hours after the basketball player's cousin died. Not one media outlet other than CWB and Uptown Update has even taken the time to identify him by name.

And, unlike the celebrity-linked case, Kraft's murder will almost certainly go unsolved. Nearly 80% of Chicago homicides do.

"Bobby"

Bobby Kraft (GoFundMe)
A Chicago police detective called Kraft's ex-wife this weekend. She was the closest relative they could find.

Annie Kraft's posts about "Bobby" and her efforts to claim his body and provide for a proper burial have touched us in a way no celebrity ever could.

We're reprinting some of her words here and we invite you to support a GoFundMe drive that Annie launched. She's seeking $5,000 to give her ex-husband a simple, proper burial.

'Wrong place at the wrong time.' As the detective told me over the phone. Now I just wish that they could catch these guys that have no regard for human life.
He does not have any relatives to speak of, and I feel that I owe this to him, and out of respect, as a person who genuinely cared about him. 
It's amazing what you can find on social media. But a full description of a senseless murder in the streets of Chicago.. Thankful this woman was there for Bobby and someone held is hand while he lay dying and in shock from being shot by a gang banger. Time to stand up to these thugs. 
I'm thankful somebody was there with him. It still numbs me to the core. But to know someone actually held his hand is amazing.
We really appreciate all those who have given to the memorial fund and want to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. I have 29 days to have his body removed from the Cook County Medical Examiners. From there we'll have his body cremated and look into a small plot and headstone. Plus a memorial service. If you can give much appreciation. #letsgiveBobbyKraftafinalrestingplace #Bobbydeservesthis
For Bobby. Fly high, Bobby! All your tears are gone your body is free of pain. Heaven has a new angel. Rest peacefully. You'll be missed. 
I know your life
On earth was troubled
And only you could know the pain.
You weren't afraid to face the devil,
You were no stranger to the rain.
Go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done.
Go to heaven a-shoutin'
Love for the Father and the Son.
Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve.
I wish I could see the angels faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing.
Go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done.
Go to heaven a-shoutin'
Love for the Father and the Son.
No truer words spoken about Bob Kraft. We're going to do this for you even if it takes a mountain. I promise....and i know he's in heaven
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You can support Annie Kraft's efforts to give her ex-husband a proper burial here. 

17 comments:

  1. Yesterday she was asking for 5k. Now it's asking for 10K.

    I looked it up on google cache.

    Cremation is about $600.

    Now I could see some money for extras, but. Say no more.

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  2. Average cost of a funeral is $7,500. She probably wants to have a service for him, a headstone, etc.

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    1. Private/small/minimal memorial service, cremation/urn etc. Hey, I feel for the guy but my own mother and uncle pulled this crap when my Dad passed away (she was divorced from him for 30+ years too). He died penniless (like this guy I'm sure) but we had to have the whole shebang and nobody was even there. Then we were told we had to pay for all of this with no input whatsoever when I had just made the first mortgage payment on the house I just bought like we were being taught a lesson or something. Then my uncle came to save the day with my recently deceased grandmothers $$$$ to "help".

      Prince's cremation cost $1500.

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  4. They are many things that required that I had to raise the money amount. They take 5%, 3% and 30% for taxes. The ost of a memorial service, creamation burial plot and headstone. adds up quickly. We also have to travel from out of state. @Anonymous I truly hope you'd been a little nicer. Feel my pain & grief.

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  5. Having just buried my mom recently, I would say 10K is right in line. A burial plot costs several grand. Add in funeral services of a modest nature -- one night wake, cremation, vault or container and prayer service/burial next morning--and 10K may not cover it.

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    1. You don't know my pain orb my devastation. This is s person I was married to for 19 years. We've only been divorced for 3 years. He was still a very important person in my life. Believe me when I tell you that I am doing the right thing for Bobby. If there is any money left over it will go to Ezra where he was murdered in front of. How sickening that you would question my morals or values. I just want peace for Bobby.

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  6. Annie, when you reach out to the public you receive from the best and also the worst. I'm sorry that some of these comments are so disgraceful and hurtful. Keep in mind that people of good will outnumber the others. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    1. Thank you! I just find it sad that a person or persons would find the need to hurt me. My intentions are nothing' but pure and good. That is the way I was raised. I will follow this through regardless. I know what I'm doing is the right thing. Just can't imagine why someone would want to say hurtful things. I hope they never have to experience my loss and pain. God Bless you. Annie

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    2. Yes. It's more than a disgrace. Instead of questioning WHY they caught the celebrities relatives killers (im assuming they're the right ones tho) within 5 minutes and can't seem to have a CLUE who's killing the OTHER innocent people INCLUDING BABIES. Instead They want to discuss and question this women's pure intentions. I won't say what I really think because it's more IMPORTANT to let you know that you are beautifully human & God bless you

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  7. Annie K Kraft you don't have to explain yourself to ignorance , sad that Robert have to be a victim of chicagos violence , I know he had therapy at trilogy behavior and they handle all his expenses .

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  8. Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare of Chicago is where Robert Kraft seen his therapist and where he got his finances from sad this happen to him his ex-wife should try to reach out to them

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    1. I talked to his case worker. What can she do? She offered for me to see his apartment and or any of his things. She also said that they were holding a small memorial service that I could come to if I was in town.Triligy did handle his money but when you die you don't get that anymore. So asically he lived momth to month. My family was his family. He was taken from his parents at10 yrs old and became a ward of the state.his bio mother is dead, his bio sister died and that's about it. We will put him forest.

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  9. If I could give anyone money it would be you. Uptown has gone from bad to worse and this could happen to anybody. I'm sorry it was your Bobby. I'll try and post the go fund me link where it will do you some good. Sharon

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  10. thank you for following up on this for me CWB

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  11. To Anne: So sorry for your loss and the grief you must be going though. So sorry for the rude comments. People can be so mean and it cuts so deep for so long afterwards. I wish you peace after this tragic incident and strength to get through the tasks that you must complete to care for Bobby after his death.

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  12. @Uptown Girl - Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Yes, this grief is very difficult to deal with on a daily basis. I miss his voice and talking to him. It's hard to believe I'll never will be able to talk to Bobby again. I have messages on my phone but they are difficult to listen to, so I try not to. The pain is deep and cuts me to the core. I will always, always miss, Bobby. ❤️😔
    More than anything I want the person responsible for taking his life caught and arrested to face charges. #justiceforbobbykraft

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