Dozens of people attended a vigil Friday, holding balloons and signs in Offutt's honor.
Me'Quale Offutt (left) Anthony Rene Allen (right)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Family members of the teenager stabbed to death on a Louisville bus Sunday said the best way friends can honor his life is to stay away from crime.
Me'Quale Offutt, 14, died Tuesday from the injuries he suffered when a stranger stabbed him in the heart aboard a TARC bus. Dozens of people attended a vigil Friday, holding balloons and signs in Offutt's honor.
"It's real rough right now," said Raushanah Daniel, Offutt's aunt. "We're a family that draws on our faith, and we believe that God is ultimately going to bring us through this."
Anthony Rene Allen, 44, faces a murder charge in Offutt's death. His next scheduled court appearance is Thursday.
The victim's family and friends said he was a regular at church and described him as a talented athlete and an outgoing boy always ready with a joke.
"We'll miss him for sure," said Joshua Hart, Offutt's youth pastor. "It's one of those senseless things that you don't really understand and don't have an answer for. All you can do is teach (others in the youth group) how to respond when that happens."
Offutt's mother attended the vigil and thanked people for coming, then declined further questions.
Daniel and others at the prayer circle urged Offutt's friends to honor him by making a difference in the community.
"Do something positive," Daniel said. "Make something out of yourself. Get to school and say, 'I'm doing this for Me'Quale."
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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