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.