“Because of that, we are here now, hours after the funeral for another young man’s life lost in a senseless killing,” he said.
Goens died after a shooting early Sunday at Doubles bar, 1555 Main St. His brother, Mondale Goens, is charged with murder in his death. Mondale Goens is also accused of shooting Katrina Price, 18, of McKinley Drive, Hamilton, and Tavaris Gilbert, 20, of Corliss Ave., Hamilton.
Pastor Shaquila Mathews of the Truth & Life Church in Hamilton, had just left the funeral services for Kalif Goens, when she heard about the drive-by shooting on Central Avenue. “I was still in my clothes from the funeral.”
Mathews said that she was informed by people on the scene that there was at least one fatality.
She said that there were arguments after the funeral services and it was “awful that someone died right after hearing a message on how young people need to make a difference.”
“Elder Dean Curtis from Community Friendship gave the message to young folks at the service,” Mathews said. “He said we got to start praying for each other and stop preying on each other.”
Mathews added that young people are starting to see that “the streets are real. They think that the streets love them, but the same person you sit on a bar stool with can be the same that will gun you down.”