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Teens hold car wash to pay for slain friend's funeral

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Darius Miller (Source: Family photo) Darius Miller (Source: Family photo)
Talia Crutcher Talia Crutcher
T'omar Stallworth T'omar Stallworth
Racynno Rankin Racynno Rankin

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A day before his funeral, the family of a murdered 17-year-old said they still do not have all the money needed to lay him to rest. So, friends of Darius Miller Jr. decided they would be able to raise some quick cash by having a car wash.  

Miller died from a single gunshot wound near 35th and Broadway last weekend. Friends, family members and classmates gathered near the same place near where he was killed to see if they could wash away some of the negative by doing something positive. 

"He deserves to be buried in a good place," said Talia Crutcher, a friend of Miller. 

Crutcher said Miller would do the same for her.  

"He's just so lovable," said Crutcher, "he was sharing and caring."  

Miller, who they affectionately called "Man-Man," was a Waggener High School student, a young father and a football player. Some of his teammates, like T'omar Stallworth, helped with the washing. He said it is the right thing to do.  

"If one falls we all stand tall, it's a brotherhood thing," said Stallworth. "We've got to fight for each other."  

Each car wash was $5.00. The kids also sold snacks - beverages, candy, and hot dogs to the patrons, like Racynnio Rankin. 

"A lot of the times the kids in this neighborhood get a really bad rap," said Rankin, "but most of them are really good kids and as you can see they've come together for one of their own." 

With a couple of hours left to go, the group had raised $700. For those who wanted to help but couldn't make it to the car wash, donations are being accepted through Stock Yards Bank. 

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