Funerals shouldn't be filled with so many young faces, especially when these teenage faces must bury one of their one.
16-year-old Dante Banks was murdered last Wednesday, just a few hours after returning from serving eight months in a juvenile detention center.
But it's happy memories being shared today at Kingdom Authority Ministries, and a very strong message mainly geared towards Banks' friends. Violence has got to stop in Rockford.
Banks' family and friends believe another's retaliation got him killed and among their sadness there's a fear here violence will continue.
"It's not gonna end and I know this now that this has happened to my brother it's gonna carry on," says Banks' sister Regina Banks.
"God takes things in his own hands and there's no vengeance like the vengeance of the lord and I'm gonna sit down and let the lord take care of it," says Banks' brother Mark Barmore.
Vengeance is on a lot of Banks friends' minds. But the only thing his family wants, is to see his killer sent to jail.
"Catch my son's killer and bring him to justice," says Banks' mother Yvonne Banks.
Police are looking for 18-year-old Kenneth J. Brown for his connection to the crime. Deputy Police Chief Greg Lindmark asks we don't show you a photo of Brown since witnesses are still being interviewed.